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Man clubbed to death in fight over Easter bunnies, Fresno police say

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A man was killed in a fight that erupted Saturday over the purchasing of rabbits to celebrate Easter, Fresno police said.

The victim was identified as Javier Solano, police said in a news release.

He was pronounced dead at the scene of the fight, a residence at 439 S. Backer Ave. in southeast Fresno. Two others were hospitalized with injuries: Benito Diaz, 26, and Jose Zarigoza, 34.

Diaz was suffering from extensive head trauma, police said.

“The initial fight was between the group of victims and a second group who arrived to purchase rabbits for Easter,” police wrote in a news release. “One of the suspects initially left but returned a short while later and began assaulting the victims with clubs.”

Police said two suspects were identified in the assault: Alfredo Montalvo Cuevas, 31, (also known as Alejo Perez or Alfredo Perez) and Jonadad DeJesus-Morales, 21, (also known as Jonathan).

“Both suspects are undocumented and are believed to have fled to Mexico,” police said.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP (7867), where tips can be made anonymously and may be eligible for a cash reward. Information can also be given to Fresno police homicide detectives, Bartlett Ledbetter at 559-621- 2446, or Daniel Laband at 559-621-2448. The Fresno police case number is 19-26162.

Carmen George is a features and news reporter for The Fresno Bee. Her stories have been recognized with Best of the West, George F. Gruner, and McClatchy President’s awards, and nine first or second place awards from the California News Publishers Association. She has a passion for sharing people’s stories to highlight issues and promote greater understanding.
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