Frank Motta, who was killed while trying to break up a house party three weeks ago, was laid to rest Sunday in a private ceremony. Motta was 65.
The ceremony was closed to the public, but his family released this statement to KXLY:
"We'd like to thank the community for all your support and love in our time of deep sorrow. We also ask everyone to please respect our privacy.
Frank's memorial will be a private service and will not be open to the public. Frank's family, friends, co-workers and others who knew him personally are welcome.
Thank you all, again, for the outpouring of love during this very difficult time, and for respecting our wishes."
On March 10th, Motta, who was asked by his neighbor to look over their home, tried to break up a rowdy party that was taking place at the home. He was subsequently punched in the head and rushed to Sacred Heart Medical Center with a fractured skull. Motta died days later.
His alleged assailant, 18-year-old Treven Lewis, admitted to punching Motta during a jailhouse interview with KXLY. Lewis said Motta was pushing his pregnant girlfriend.
Lewis also admitted he had been at the party for about an hour, was drunk and has a bad temper.
"I don't got no regrets, I don't feel sorry. Some people can say I'm heartless but I'm not," he added.
At the time of the jailhouse interview, Motta had not succumbed to his injuries but Lewis had this to say:
"If he dies then yeah I'm going to feel bad for it, but I can't take it back."
Lewis' charges were upgraded to Second Degree Murder following Motta's death.