MODESTO — Police in Modesto say two men beat a homeless man to death with their bare hands after mistaking him for a sex offender.
Those who knew him say 63-year-old Jace Decker was often found sitting on a bench in Garrison Park.
“He minded his own business for the most part. He just was going through his own life struggles and different adversities,” friend Donnie Bibbs said.
Acquaintances say Decker was a husband with a broken heart.
“Pretty decent life and everything and, now, I think he was more so just hurt over losing his wife,” Bibbs said. “He just never really bounced back from that.”
Decker was attacked on Aug. 10, and died a few weeks later.