A recent homicide left staff and owners of Mott Canyon Tavern & Grill in Stateline, Nev. in remembrance of their upbeat co-worker.
What is being investigated as a homicide, the death of Julian Salvador Acevedo, 28, on July 20 was surprising to his boss, Mark White, owner of the restaurant.
“It was just astonishing that we found out he was in a fistfight and that this tragedy happened,” White said, “but he really could not have been a better employee.”
Before the night of the incident, White said there was nothing uncharacteristic or apprehensive about Acevedo’s behavior. It didn’t seem as if this was something Acevedo was expecting or trying to avoid.
White said Acevedo started working for Mott Canyon about four years ago. He was the late-night chef and worked from about 10 p.m. to about 4 a.m., four to five days per week.
“He was an outstanding employee,” White said. “It was just so tragic, and it his us all so very hard because he was the nicest guy on the planet. He was always smiling.”
The night of the incident, Acevedo was not working. About 3:30 a.m. July 20 outside his apartment complex, White said he was told Acevedo was in an altercation with three other men.
According to one other employee of White’s, it seemed as if the young chef was merely wounded after the fight, but after people approached him and saw he was bleeding, family members took him to Barton Memorial Hospital, where he died after resuscitation attempts, according to a South Lake Tahoe Police Department press release.
“Some kind of confrontation came up, and a fistfight turned into murder,” White said. “Really … if you met him, he would be the last guy you’d think would get into a fight. When I heard it, I was just flabbergasted.”
Acevedo’s brother also works at the restaurant.
White said employees of Mott Canyon have raised funds for the family. Acevedo had a girlfriend and two children.
Acevedo’s body was shipped back to Mexico, his birth country.
“We miss him,” White said. “He was just a really nice, kind person.”