The 35-year-old who died after being stabbed at a northeast Modesto bar on Saturday has been identified by police as a resident of Yemen. Fadi Salman had been in Stanislaus County only a few months, visiting family, Officer Billy Boyle said in a news release Wednesday.
One other person was stabbed in the incident at the Shadow Lounge, located at Oakdale Road and Sylvan Avenue, but those wounds were not life-threatening.
Salman and the second stabbing victim were taken by ambulance to a hospital, where Salman died. A third victim arrived at the hospital not by ambulance, police said.
“His injuries were first reported as having been stabbed; however, after being treated, it was determined he was not stabbed. His injuries were minor,” Boyle said in the news release.
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Detectives have learned that an argument, believed to have started in the bar, continued into the rear parking lot and escalated into a fight that resulted in the stabbings.
Police responding to a call about 12:15 a.m. Saturday were told a number of people had fled the scene. Detectives still are working to determine the number of suspects, their descriptions and any associated vehicle descriptions.
Yemen is an Arab country in western Asia. It’s primarily an Islamic nation. “This is not being labeled a hate crime nor has there been any talk or determination they were targets because of race, religion, etc.,” Boyle told The Bee in an email.
The surviving victims were interviewed by homicide detectives. Boyle said he does not believe they are relatives of Salman’s. “Just friends, from what I’ve gathered,” he said. “We aren’t releasing the names of the other victims because the suspects are still outstanding.”
A friend of Salman’s, but not one who was at the lounge, emailed The Bee early Thursday, saying Salman was not a visitor to the U.S. but a newly arrived resident with a visa. Zakaria Alshaibi said he helped Salman’s wife prepare the immigration documents so she could bring him to America.
“He was planning to build his future and work here in the United States safely, like most of us are doing,” Alshaibi emailed. “We travel all the way through the sea and sky to come to the United States to have a better life. We will miss Fadi forever. Hopefully, the immigration will make it easy for his lonely mother to come visit his grave at least. He was the only boy for his mother.”
Salman has been interred at the Islamic cemetery in Lodi, his friend said. “Hopefully, we find out the killer one day.”
Anyone with information regarding this case, including video of the fight, is asked to call Modesto police Detective Ra Pouv at 209-572-9826 or to call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637; type “TIP704” along with the message.
Deke Farrow: 209-578-2327