Fresno PD details fatal beating of a man just before Easter Sunday


A man died over the weekend after suffering severe head trauma during a fight a day before Easter Sunday.

On April 20, officers responded to the 400 block of Backer Avenue regarding an assault victim, where they found Benito Diaz with extensive head trauma.

But, in the backyard, two other victims were found and identified as Jose Zarigoza and Javier Solano, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Zarigoza and Diaz were transported to Community Regional Medical Center for their injuries.

Detectives learned that the victims were involved in a fight in the backyard with a second group who arrived to purchase rabbits for Easter.

One suspect left but returned shortly and began beating the victims with clubs, according to police. The suspects named in the assault have been identified as 31-year-old Alfredo Montalvo Cuevas and 21-year-old Jonadad DeJesus-Morales.

Police say both men are undocumented and are believed to have fled to Mexico.

Anyone calling with information can remain completely anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP. You may also contact the Fresno Police Department – Homicide Detectives Bartlett J. Ledbetter at 550-621- 2446 or Daniel Laband at 559-621- 2448 with information regarding this investigation under Fresno PD Case# 19-26162.

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