Richard Juarez was known for helping out his neighbors in his southeast Fresno neighborhood, Fresno police Lt. David Madrigal said Sunday, and Fresno police are asking for help in learning who fatally injured the 36-year-old man.
On Sunday, the Fresno County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy and ruled Juarez’s death a homicide.
He was found lying in the street near where he lived on the 4800 block of East Washington Avenue on Jan. 15 and died three days later at Community Regional Medical Center.
Juarez, who was loved by many residents in his neighborhood, earned money by mowing neighbors’ lawns and would keep cutting their grass even when they couldn’t pay him, Madrigal said.
Police have not been able to find any witnesses to the crime.
The cause of death was blunt force trauma, Madrigal said.