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Teachers, neighbors react as Santa Rosa stabbing probe continues

By RANDI ROSSMANN

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Grieving family members and friends of a young Santa Rosa man stabbed to death Sunday remembered him as a good stepfather and uncle.

Juan Carlos Angel-Esparza, 20, died Saturday evening after being stabbed multiple times, said Santa Rosa police Sgt. Steve Fraga.

Angel-Esparza had been sitting on a bench at Kawana Elementary School when he was approached by assailants, according to family members.

Police Sunday afternoon hadn't released any information regarding a possible motive.

Gang and violent crime detectives continued investigating Sunday while a patrol officer remained on duty for hours at the school's entrance at the end of Moraga Drive. The campus was roped off with yellow police tape to keep people away from the homicide scene.

"He at least got to experience being a father with his girlfriend's son," said his sister, Maria Angel.

Her younger brother wasn't the biological father but had so taken to the little boy, he was thoroughly enjoying time with the toddler, she said.

Angel-Esparza lived with his sister in the Cypress Ridge apartment complex. It is separated from the south Santa Rosa school by a community garden and parking lot.


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