Mother of victim in $3 Bar murder remembers her son

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Diane Stack, the mother of the victim in the $3 Bar murder, was not in court for Thursday’s verdict. It was a neighbor that updated Stack that her son’s killer was guilty of second-degree murder.

“I’m grateful for the verdict. But I really wanted my son home with me. I want to hold him once again,” she said.

Jurors found Daniel Lastarza guilty of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of Jonathan Stack by beating him to death with a two-by-four outside a Providence bar. Lastarza was acquitted of the other charges in the case.

Stack said that the trial brought back so many memories, including when she first heard the news of her son’s death two years ago. “I just got up and laid on the kitchen floor in front of the refrigerator and just laid there with my face to the floor. And from then on, I was just in shock. In bits and pieces.”

The verdict doesn’t take the pain away.

“He always said I was the only one who had his back. And it’s true because I have it back in living and in death,” Stack said about her son, who comforts herself by remember through pictures and taking care of the pets he loved so much.

Stack had no message for Lastarza or the court, and not even one for her son because she is certain “he’ll see me again, and next time it will be forever.”