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Fort Bragg Dodgers fan's family seeks witnesses to stabbing

  • A photo of Jonathan Denver of Fort Bragg riding to the San Francisco Giants game the day he was killed. Shown, from left to right, are his brother Robert Preece, Shannon Locke, Jonathan Denver and Joey House. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The father of the 24-year-old Fort Bragg man stabbed to death following the Wednesday Giants-Dodgers baseball game made a public plea Sunday for any witnesses to step forward.

The plea, made at a press conference held outside AT&T Park before the final game of the season, came after the 21-year-old suspect was released from custody Friday night. The district attorney said there was insufficient evidence to charge Michael Montgomery of Lodi in Jonathan Denver's death.

“We're asking anyone that may have witnessed the incident to come forward,” said the victim's father, Robert Preece, who works as a security guard at Dodger Stadium. “I believe someone may have videotaped the incident, and that may help us discover the truth.”

Fatal Stabbing Near AT&T Park

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Standing with Preece at Willie Mays Plaza was his sister, Jill Preece Haro of Pittsburgh, Penn.; his son, Robert Preece of Fort Bragg; and the victim's mother, Diana Denver of Fort Bragg. Family members were visibly shaken, their voices faltering throughout the press conference as they clung together for support.

According to news reports in other media, Montgomery's father said that his son alleges he stabbed Denver in self-defense after Denver hit him over the head with a chair.

In response to that allegation, Haro said an independent witness or a videotape is “going to answer the questions.”

Family and friends from Fort Bragg, Southern California and Boise, Idaho, began to converge on the ball park at 10 a.m. Sunday to hand out fliers asking independent witnesses to step forward. A second flier, entitled “Justice for Jon,” included an address for the Jonathan Denver Memorial Fund.

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