San Jose Pursuit of Justice: On a summer night, the 21st murder of the year happened in San Jose. The July 8, 2023, event was shocking and left a lasting scar on the community.
At E. William St. and S. 10th St., tragedy struck. This street corner turned into something terrible that night. Two young men, one adult, and one child, were impacted by a senseless act of violence that changed their lives forever.
At 8:50 p.m., a distress call alerted SJPD of a tragedy. Officers arrived, saddened by the shooting news. Upon arrival, they saw a distressing scene: both victims were injured and in danger.
Despite severe injuries, the man fought for his life, showing human resilience. Despite his injuries, they were not fatal. There was still a chance he’d get better. The child’s issues got worse. Despite hospitalization, his wounds were fatal, and he died. Too soon, he passed away.
Upon hearing the tragic news, people were shocked, saddened, and demanded justice. The SJPD Homicide detectives got to work. Experienced agents ready to defend. Goal: Identify the culprit, locate, and ensure legal consequences.
After weeks turned into months, a breakthrough in the search for justice happened on August 25, 2023. The SJPD caught two suspects in Morgan Hill. Rodolfo Stagi, 19, from San Jose, and another unnamed teenager were charged with serious crimes of murder and attempted murder.
Despite the arrest being a big step, people wanted answers. The SJPD asked people to do something meaningful to do the right thing. They wanted to investigate and gauge the community’s willingness to assist. They vowed to examine every detail of the tragedy until fully informed.
After a tragedy, San Jose residents united for justice for the victims and their families. The search for truth and responsibility persisted despite the disaster. They were sustained by a justice-focused community, not the tragedy.