Friends, family demand justice at rally for slain Fresno man

The Fresno BeeJanuary 6, 2014 

Family and friends of David Vasquez, the 22-year-old Fresno man who was fatally stabbed last week after a dispute at a central Fresno nightclub, rallied in downtown Fresno on Monday over the arrest and release of the suspect.

Fresno police arrested Elbert Bustos, 22, the same day of the stabbing. Bustos was released from Fresno County Jail on Tuesday with no charges filed, a jail official said Sunday.

The noon march drew more than 30 people sporting black shirts with white letters that read "Justice for David" to the Fresno County Courthouse Park. The crowd -- made up of children and adults -- held signs saying "Peace and Justice for David: Bring my murderer to justice."

"We are here to get answers and try to find some justice and peace for my brother," Bexy Osmond, 34, said.

His mother, Maria Vasquez, said she can't be at peace until something is done.

"We need justice for my son. It's not fair they let the suspect free," she said. "They said it was self-defense, I don't believe it. He killed my son."

The Vasquez family criticized the Fresno County District Attorney's Office and were collecting signatures in support for prosecution of the suspect.

"We're not a violent family. All we want is for him to pay for what he did," Olga Vasquez said.

The march also drew support from complete strangers.

Margie Garcia-Hildreth saw the "Justice for David" Facebook account and decided to attend.

"If this young man did kill him, then bring him to justice," she said.

Fresno police Lt. Mark Salazar said a group of people were involved in a dispute Dec. 29 at Club Legends in central Fresno that continued in front of a house in the 2100 block of South Matus Avenue, in a neighborhood just east of Chestnut Avenue and just south of Senior Citizens Village.

Salazar said Fresno police are still looking into the death and directed all other questions to the District Attorney's Office.

Sonia De La Rosa, a spokeswoman for the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, said the case has been referred back to Fresno police for further investigation.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6659, or @DianaT_Aguilera on Twitter.

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