The president of a San Jose Little League organization was fatally stabbed near a downtown nightclub early Sunday morning, marking the sixth homicide of the year in the South Bay city, according to police.
Officers arrived to the Tres Gringos Cabo Cantina, located at 83 S. Second St., just after midnight and found an adult male suffering from at least one stab wound, police said. The Eastridge Little League Facebook page later identified the victim as 35-year-old Frank Navarro, who was working at the establishment when he was stabbed.
Navarro was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
More than 300 people attended a vigil at the Little League baseball field where he was a coach, a friend, a leader and a father figure to so many young athletes.
"He was just an all around genuine good guy, looking for the best for everybody looking for the best in his kids to keep them out of trouble, keep them off the streets," Navaroo's uncle, Eric Velo, said.
Aside from his time coaching Little League athletes on the diamond, Navarro also coached football and baseball at Overfelt High School, according to the Facebook page. He was described as helping "many youth stay on the right path."
For two hours Sunday night, people shared stories of how Navarro would take care of the field, drive kids to games and help them with school work.
"He made sure I stayed on my feet, kept my grades up," said John Bueno, of San Jose. "I didn't come from a great home, and he was always there for me."
Police did not yet have a motive or other information surrounding the stabbing, but San Jose police are investigating the death. Later Sunday, they detained two persons that they say could be suspects in the killing.
Police have yet to officially identify the victim.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Sgt. Barg and Detective Smith with the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867.