Joe Melgoza,30, had completed his nuptials when he was killed early on Sunday morning as his wedding reception was coming to an end. The reception was held at the home of one of the newlyweds’ relatives in a family backyard in Chino, California.
It is reported that two brothers, identified as Tony, 28 and Josue Castaneda Ramirez, 19 live not so far from where the party took place and showed up, uninvited to the wedding. They ate and drunk with the rest of the guests. Later in the night at about 2:00 am, people were asked to leave, including the brothers. They, however, returned to the house at around 2:20 a.m armed with baseball bats and started attacking the people that were left.
A family member says as the two assailants were beating up people, the groom tried to confront them and that’s when he met his death.
“Those cowards came back with bats. They were in the alley and it was dark,” the victim’s brother said, “They pulled him into the house and they killed him.”
What motivated the attack is under investigation, as family members said they don’t know the men.
When officers first arrived at the scene they found two other victims of battery, but their injuries were minor.
The groom suffered from a blunt-force trauma to the head when he was attacked. He was rushed to Chino Valley Medical Center where he died.
A heartbroken bride said she just doesn’t know what she’s going to do.
Jessica Bustamante, the bride’s cousin, expressed her sorrow for the now-widowed bride, “My cousin had been through a lot before Joe. She had been through a lot, we thought she was never going to find anybody again. She did and he was taken from her,” a tearful Bustamante commented.
She also recalled some of the conversations she had with Melgoza before he was killed, “We were here setting up and he was saying, ‘Oh I’m nervous, the only thing I’m nervous about is dancing because I’m not a good dancer,’ but he danced the whole night away,” Bustamante said.
A GoFundMe campaign was set up to raise money for Melgoza’s funeral and he was laid to rest on Tuesday. His fund campaign has so far raised about $38,000.
Joe Melgoza is survived by his wife of just a few hours, Esther Bustamante Melgoza, and his 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, who has been staying with her grandmother since the traumatic event.
The brothers were arrested Sunday afternoon and are both being held without bail. They, however, pleaded not guilty in their first hearing on Tuesday, December 18.
“That is what hurts the most, that after they came here and tore this family apart on the happiest day, that they still want to deny what they did,” a relative commented.