California groom beaten to death at his wedding reception, police say

Two brothers face murder charges for allegedly beating a groom to death after crashing his wedding reception, California police said Tuesday.  

No one at the reception over the weekend knew the assailants, Chino Police said in a release, and they were asked to leave the party held in a home’s backyard. 

A fight then broke out and police were called to the scene east of Los Angeles at about 2 a.m. Sunday. Authorities found two victims with minor injuries, but witnesses told them another person involved in the altercation was missing. 

In another home’s backyard, they located the groom, Joe Melgoza, suffering from blunt force trauma to his head. Melgoza, 30, died from his injuries at Chino Valley Medical Center. 

Police arrested Josue Castaneda Ramirez, 19, and Rony Castaneda Ramirez, 28, both of Chino, at their nearby home. They are being held in West Valley Detention Center without bail. 

This undated booking photo provided by the Chino Police Department shows two brothers, Rony Castaneda Ramirez, left, and Josue Castaneda Ramirez. (Photo: Chino Police Department via AP)

Chino Police Sgt. Dustin Tomicic said he does not know if lawyers represent the brothers. 

One of Melgoza’s cousins set up a GoFundMe page on Monday to raise money for his funeral and support his 11-year-old daughter. More than $22,000 had been donated as of Tuesday night.

“He was taken from us in such a tragic and horrific way,” Alice Alvarez wrote. “He leaves behind his daughter Lilly who will be in good hands with Joe’s family.”

Contributing: The Associated Press 

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