MODESTO — Edward Reinig's father was thankful Tuesday when six of his son's alleged killers were arrested, but what he looks forward to most is the day he might get the opportunity to address them in court during their sentencing.
"I have been holding back my rage for quite a while," he said. "I want to see them face to face."
Reinig, 31, his girlfriend, Alyxandria Tellez, 19, and roommate David Siebels, 16, were shot to death in the early morning hours of March 3 inside their southeast Modesto home.
Nearly a year after their deaths, two people were arrested in court Tuesday and four others already in custody on different charges were rebooked on suspicion of murder.
Investigators had made a promise to some of the victims' family members, including Reinig's mother, that her son's alleged killers would be arrested before the one-year anniversary of his death.
During the past year, the victims' families not only have had to endure the pain of their loss, but have lived in fear that the assailants might also come after them.
Reinig's father, who asked his name not be used for fear of retaliation, said authorities had to expedite a concealed-carry permit for him so he could arm himself for protection.
While lamenting that his son could not be a groomsman in his wedding last year, he also had worried about the safety of everyone who attended.
"These guys don't give a damn about human life," he said. "I don't think they would have any compunction about shooting up a church."
He said his wedding, Reinig's birthday in August and the moments when his granddaughter asks, "Why did the bad men take Edward?" have been among the most difficult.
He said his family has lost the person who always made it his mission to keep everyone close. "Edward was always the peacemaker in the family," his father said. "Any time there was problems or tension, he would always settle things down and people would start talking to each other again."