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Josiah Humphreys reward fund to get bump from Low Brau fundraiser

Flyers like this one have been posted at businesses around Sacramento, urging witnesses of the fatal beating to speak up.

While the Midtown and greater community is uniting to raise money for the Josiah Humphreys reward fund, police are chipping away at the homicide investigation.

Sacramento Police Department detectives are reviewing hours of surveillance video from businesses nearby P and 18th streets, where Humphreys was beaten to death in the early hours of St. Patrick’s Day, Spokesman Doug Morse said.

"Detectives are very pleased with the amount of surveillance video they’ve been able to collect and receive in the area surrounding the scene," he said. "As of [Wednesday] we haven’t IDed anyone, but it’s just a matter of sitting down and looking at all that, which they’re doing now."

Police suspect three men were responsible for the crime that shocked and saddened many in Midtown and beyond. Humphreys, a 28-year-old Jesuit High School alumni, was found lying in the grass not far from his home on P Street shortly before 1 a.m. He was apparently walking home alone from a night celebrating with friends, when an altercation occurred between Humphreys and three men. He died from traumatic head injuries.

While the police are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, those close to Humpreys and his family have upped the ante. A reward fund on Justice for Josiah – a website created by a close family friend – has garnered more than $8,000 in donations, and one of Midtown’s newest and hippest restaurants will host a fundraiser event this weekend.

To be held Saturday night at Low Brau, $1 from each draft beer purchased will go toward the reward fund, and raffle tickets will be sold for items donated by local businesses.

Low Brau General Manager Patrick Ramos attended the all-male Catholic high school with Humphreys and graduated in 2003 with a class of roughly 200.

"My high school’s very tight and always has been, and we felt it’d be a great opportunity to get everyone together and have a fundraiser," he said. "I jumped on the opportunity to be able to help in any way that I could."

If the fund doesn’t end up going to someone, it may eventually be donated to a charity in Humphrey’s name, Ramos said.

"It’s amazing so far the outreach we’ve gotten from downtown and Midtown restaurants, and people in general who heard the story and want to make Midtown safe," Ramos said. "I’ve been getting phone calls from the last two days from the Sac Bee and you, and never thought it would get to this level – it’s really nice to see and just goes to show what a great guy he was."

The story of Humphreys’ death has hit home for many, Ramos said, as they can put themselves in his shoes. "I know there’s a lot of people in situations where they’re walking home by themselves, and it’s important to remember that though it shouldn’t happen, you have to be safe."

The fundraiser at Low Brau starts at 7 p.m. Saturday. "It’s gonna be very busy, I can tell you that much," Ramos said. "Our Saturday nights are already busy, so I can only imagine how many people we’ll have in there."

The SPD is still attempting to locate any video surveillance from businesses or residents nearby, and is asking that anyone who hasn’t already been contacted regarding such footage contact them by calling the communications center at (916) 264-5471.  

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