Groom Beaten To Death By Wedding Crashers

Joe Melgoza was brutally murdered just hours after he married his fiance, Esther.

Chino, CA – A California groom was violently beaten to death by two wedding crashers during his own wedding reception.

The deadly confrontation began early Sunday morning, as 30-year-old Joe Melgoza and his new bride, Esther, were celebrating with friends and family in the 13200-block of Oaks Avenue, KABC reported.

The residence where the party was being held belonged to the bride’s sister, according to NBC News.

According to the couple’s family, two men that no one knew showed up at the celebration in the early morning hours.

The wedding crashers were asked to leave the party, but returned a short while later.

“Those cowards came back with bats," Melgoza’s brother, Andy Velasquez, told NBC News.

The suspects, later identified as 19-year-old Josue Daniel Castaneda Ramirez and his brother, 28-year-old Rony Aristides Castaneda Ramirez, attacked the groom when he tried to defend his family, according to Velasquez.

Police were called to the residence for a report of a fight at approximately 2:20 a.m., KABC reported.

They initially located two assault victims among the partygoers, both of whom suffered minor injuries.

But the officers soon learned that Melgoza was missing, resulting in a search of the surrounding area.

The bludgeoned groom was found in the backyard of a nearby residence.

He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, KABC reported.

His cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head, according to NBC News.

"They came and they murdered my brother," Velasquez told the news outlet. "My brother did no wrong. They took him from us."

In addition to his new wife, Melgoza also leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter, of whom he had sole custody.

"My brother did not deserve to die like that," he continued. "He was a good man. He was a solid man.”

The suspects were apprehended at their residence in the 5800-block of Chino Avenue without incident later on Sunday afternoon, KABC reported.

On Tuesday, prosecutors charged them with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and first-degree murder, according to Oxygen.

Melgoza’s family insists that neither he nor anyone else who attended the wedding celebration had ever met his attackers, NBC News reported.

"They don’t have any relationship to the victim or anybody else at the reception,” Chino Police Department Sergeant Dustin Tomicic confirmed, according to Oxygen.

A fundraising campaign established to help Melgoza’s family in the wake of their loss has raised over $39,000.

“The story is horrific,” Sgt. Tomicic told Oxygen. “I can only imagine the grief that the family is going through, and pain, and I wish them the best in this healing process.”

According to Melgoza’s family, he and Esther knew each other for nearly a decade before they began dating one year ago.

“Everybody had an amazing time,” Velasquez said of his brother’s wedding. “Everybody was so happy. My brother looked so handsome. I just remember seeing him smile — and his smile was so big…And then the best night of his life turned into the worst.”

The family’s primary focus now is Melgoza’s young daughter, Lilly.

“We don’t know how to console her or how to explain that he’s not going to be here no more and it breaks my heart,” Velasquez told Oxygen. “She says, ‘I miss my daddy,’ and we can’t do nothing for her.”

Comments (20)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I'm guessing everyone else at the party was quadraplegic. Goddamn shame.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Chino Police identified brothers Rony Aristides Castaneda Ramirez, 28, and Josue Daniel Castaneda Ramirez, 19, both of Chino, Calif., as suspects in the beating death of Joe Steven...

007karley
007karley

WTF? There are no words. If they waived their right to remain silent, I wonder what they said... Disgusting!

jackmcculler
jackmcculler

Attn: Prosecutors: I implore you,no plea deals.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Death penalty to them both. Don't let them live and be gansters in Prison. I agree with jackmcculer no plea deals, please!!! My deepest condolences to this man's widow and daughter. I cannot imagine there loss. 🙏🏼💔

Judid292
Judid292

To become a wife and a widow within 24hours is too much for anyone to bear. Prayers to the whole family. S/N: in the chaos they were able to remove groom from party or did he go after them to defend his family? Either way the result suck!

DR226
DR226

Registration, background checks, licenses should be required to by bats, especially the ones with large capacity magazines that hold up to 100 toothpicks...😏 By the way, illegals?

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

99% chance these are drugged up illegals. CA will never divulge that info. Shame.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Put them against a wall and shoot them. Don't waste any time on them.

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

THIS is a perfect example of why we need effective vetting and security at the borders and of those who wish to immigrate--because when that ball is dropped, decent hard working Americans like Joe Melgoza too often pay the price. How incredibly awful this story is; very depressing.