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Man dies in fight outside Valley of the Moon center

A Sonoma Valley man was arrested Friday night in connection with the death of a man during a fight outside the Valley of the Moon Teen Center in Agua Caliente.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said Joshua Javier Gonzalez, 19, was booked into the Sonoma County jail on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter. He is being held on $25,000 bail.

Sheriff’s officials said Mario Zamudio Perez, 25, of Sonoma Valley got into a fight with Gonzalez around 5:30 p.m. Friday outside the teen center. Perez was treated outside the teen center and transported to Sonoma Valley Hospital, where he died a short time later, said Sgt. Shannon McAlvain.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. The sheriff’s report does not mention a weapon used in the fight.

Rene Perez, who was working Friday evening at La Favorita grocery store a block from the teen center, said he saw the police activity outside. Someone came into the store and told him about the fight, he said.

“One punch, that’s what I heard,” he said.

Maria Gomez, a cashier at the store, said she knew Mario Perez. She said a friend called to tell her that he had died in the fight.

“I’m sad. He was a friend,” she said, declining to elaborate about Perez.

Sheriff’s officials would not say what started the fight, but McAlvain said Perez and Gonzalez knew each other.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” he said. “We’re still in the process of determining what happened and how (the victim) died.”


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