Joe Melgoza, a newly wed groom was beaten to death at his wedding reception venue in California, United States, over the weekend, hours after exchanging vows with his wife.
Police say two brothers came to the backyard of the venue uninvited, and beat the groom to death with baseball bats.
The 30-year-old was found suffering from a blunt-force trauma to the head in the backyard of a home located across the street from the reception venue in Chino, at around 2.20am on Sunday.
He was rushed to Chino Valley Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries, leaving behind his wife of few hours and 11-year-old daughter.
Based on information obtained from witnesses, police identified the suspects in the brutal killing as brothers; Rony Aristides Castaneda Ramirez, 28, Josue Daniel Castaneda Ramirez, 19.
According to the Chino Police Department, the siblings did not know Melgoza, but lived not far from where his wife’s family lives on the 13200 block of 17th Street, where the wedding reception was being held, according to KTLA5.
The wedding suspects allegedly started a fight with some of the guests at the event, and were asked to leave, which they did. However, they returned shortly after, armed with baseball bats, according to Melgoza’s brother, Andy Velasquez.
Velasquez told NBC Los Angeles that his brother tried to confront the “cowards,” who then pulled him away and killed him.
Two other guests sustained minor injuries in the earlier confrontation with the attackers.
“My brother did not deserve to die like that, he was a good man, he was a solid man,” Velasquez said.
“’My brother was protecting his family. They came and they murdered him.’”
Velasquez said Melgoza was a father figure to him, having taught him how to be a man and raise his own family.
“Joe was a loving son, brother, father, cousin, partner, family member and friend,” the description of a GoFundMe campaign reads.
“He always had a way to make you smile. He was there for you at anytime to give a helping hand. He was taken from us in such a tragic and horrific way.”