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Published on February 21, 2024
San José Police Charge Suspect Following Daylight Beating Death Amid Rising City ViolenceSource: San José Police Department

In a violent turn that marks the city's eighth killing in just over a month and a half, San José police have launched a homicide investigation after a man was beaten to death in broad daylight, the department confirmed in a recent press release.

The altercation occurred at a business on the 1000 block of Leigh Avenue on February 19, when police were summoned at 12:21 PM to reports of a fight; upon arrival, they found an unconscious man who, despite the efforts of police and medical teams, died at the scene due to the severity of his injuries, 32-year-old Leonardo Soulett was arrested at the scene and has since been charged with homicide, he’s now faced with the grim reality of incarceration at the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

As the San José Police Department delves into the motive behind this fatal confrontation, they stand firm in the belief that justice can be fully served only with the community's aid. The detectives handling the case, Sergeant Varela and Detective Montoya, have called the public for any information that could shed light on the circumstances that led up to the tragedy — a plea echoed in their press release.

The victim's identity remains undisclosed as officials await confirmation from the coroner’s office and the family's notification. Those with information regarding the homicide are encouraged to reach out to authorities using the provided contact details for Detectives Varela and Montoya or the option of remaining anonymous through the P3TIPS mobile app and the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers Program, which offers a cash reward for tips leading to an arrest.