UPDATE: 2 people arrested in fatal Wasco stabbing

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UPDATE: The Kern County coroner’s office identified the victim as 24-year-old Jose Aleman of Wasco. Aleman was stabbed on Broadway Street and transported to Adventist Health Delano, where he died a few minutes after midnight.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office announced 22-year-old Aaron Garcia was arrested on a felony murder warrant the morning of May 8, and 31-year-old Angel Soto was arrested May 11 on charges of being an accessory to murder.

Aleman’s sister says he was a father to a 1-year-old girl and 5-month-old boy, and leaves behind a wife. Writing to 17 News Amayrani Aleman said, “He was a loveable, happy man who had just began to live life with his family of 3. He was NOT in any type of gang, and we just want justice to be served because nobody deserves to get their life taken away, especially an innocent guy.”

Court records show Garcia was scheduled to be arraigned today, however the hearing was furthered to May 19.


WASCO, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide in Wasco.

The department said at around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, deputies were sent to the 800 block of Broadway Street after receiving reports of a person down. When they arrived, deputies found a man suffering from trauma to his body.

KCSO said the victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Homicide detectives assumed the investigation, which is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the department at 661-861-3110.

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