GLOCESTER, R.I. (WPRI) — Family and friends gathered Sunday to mark one year since a man well-loved by so many, was brutally attacked in broad daylight outside a Providence bar.
Diane Stack, the mother of Jonathan Roy Stack, built a memorial for her son and invited friends and family to her Glocester home, to remember the 33-year-old business owner, generous friend and animal lover.
“When he’s not in heaven, he’s buzzing around here,” Diane Stack said. “I didn’t realize how many friends he had and how much he did for people until he passed away.
But, amid the celebration of his life, the reminder remains that Stack’s accused murderer has yet to face trial.
Stack was in the scrap metal business and according to police, he and Daniel Lastarza were arguing over a junk car when Lastarza beat him with a two-by-four outside Federal Hill’s $3 Bar. The case prompted local and state officials to take action against that business.
“The guy was murdered. We just want justice to take place,” Jon’s cousin, Joshua Belhumeur, said.
The Providence bar was permanently closed in October after the owner lost an appeal. The Department of Business Regulations said the bar should’ve called police when the fight started.
Meanwhile, Lastarza is in jail awaiting trial.