PERRY, Iowa – A third victim has died after a homicide investigation in Perry last month.
Police say 78-year-old Juan Jimenez died from his injuries Saturday at Des Moines Hospital. He was brutally injured in an attack in late October. An autopsy will be performed Monday.
It started as a double-homicide on October 30; police were called to a home in the 800 block of 6th Street in Perry. When police arrived, they say they found 34-year-old Lourdes Flor De Leak and her 14-year-old daughter, Melany Barraza, beaten to death.
24-year-old Carlos Marlo Hernandez-Ventura originally faced two counts of first-degree murder and one charge of attempted murder. Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation officials say they expect those charges to be changed to three counts of first-degree murder next week.
The Perry community is coming together to raise money for the victims’ family. On Sunday, a benefit luncheon was held at the Perry Events Center. Organizers say Jimenez’s family wishes to return his remains to his home in Mexico; funds raised will help pay for those costs. While a somber event, attendants say it was a chance to remember Jimenez for the good neighbor he was to everyone.
“He worked at a small restaurant here in town – Casa De Oro – so a lot of people knew him from there,” said Christina Silva of Perry. “He would stop in to like, our little guitar shop, Blue Rock Guitar, in town, and play music and talk to them. He rode a bicycle around town, waved at everybody, always a smile on his face. Whenever there was the Latino Festival, and things like that, music at the park, he was always there at the front dancing.”
On Saturday, November 19, the community will host a co-ed softball tournament at the Perry Little League Fields, beginning at 7 a.m. and lasting throughout the day, to raise funds. Participants can sign up the day of.