Family and friends are mourning the loss of a former U.S. Marine who died following a fight outside of a local restaurant in Tamuning early Saturday morning.
He has been identified as 23-year-old Jaron Weilbacher.
“Jaron, who we call JC was a great man, great friend, a great son and most of all a great brother. He had a big impact on everyone’s lives. He was loving, caring and responsible. He looked after everyone even though he was the youngest amongst his friends,” said Danica Mae Jano, Weilbacher's older sister.
Police on Saturday night announced the arrest of three men, one of whom is an Army soldier, but the arrests were for alleged aggravated assault and criminal facilitation, not murder.
With the assistance from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and military police assigned to Andersen Air Force Base, the three men identified in the disturbance were located, according to the Guam Police Department.
A video circulated on social media showed authorities with weapons drawn while a man was being held at the front gate of Andersen Air Force Base.
It was unclear if all three suspects are servicemembers but one of them is in the Army.
Guam police identified the suspects who were arrested as:
• Fiataugaluia Ahkee, 31, on suspicion of aggravated assault and other charges. Ahkee was booked and confined at the Department of Corrections detention facility.
• John Mike Muliaga, 22, on suspicion of aggravated assault and other charges. Muliaga was also detained.
• Joseph Kendy Decady, an Army soldier, 36, on suspicion of criminal facilitation. Decady was booked and released.
'Full of love and life'
The victim's sister, who lives off island, recalled getting the heartbreaking phone call from her parents.
“He was definitely the one everyone always wanted to be around. So full of love and life. All he wanted to do was live his best life after he got out of the military," she said. "He was athletic and smart. He just knew what he wanted to do since he was a kid.”
The graduate of John F. Kennedy High School is also being remembered on social media where several posted photos and expressed their condolences.
“Always showed everyone love no matter what,” one post stated on Weilbacher’s Facebook page.
“You were the best grunt I knew, always had my back like I had yours since the day I met you in the fleet. If only we can rewind the hands of time,” another post stated. “Watch over us all.”
Loved ones shared their shock and disbelief over Weilbacher’s sudden passing.
He was found unconscious and unresponsive outside of the King’s Restaurant in Tamuning after Guam police officers responded to a disturbance involving several individuals around 2:50 a.m.
Authorities said Weilbacher was pronounced dead at Guam Memorial Hospital at 3:50 a.m.
GPD's Criminal Investigation Division agents are conducting a death investigation.
Investigators said they are working with restaurant management to obtain any surveillance footage in hopes to get more information about what led to the Weilbacher’s death and who was involved.
According to witnesses, there were two groups of men that signed in to be seated at King’s. After signing in, one group, who are believed to be military personnel, went outside into the foyer where a group of local men was also waiting for a table.
Witnesses said a fight broke out and restaurant managers called police while a security guard tried to break up the fight and was chased after.
It was reported that everyone fled the scene except for a few friends of the victim. The victim was left on the ground unconscious. Police took statements upon arrival.