The Pleasanton Police Department on Friday identified the young man who was stabbed to death during a fight in a hotel parking lot two nights before as 19-year-old Pleasanton resident Jackson Reese Butler.
Investigators also released for the first time descriptions of their two prime suspects in the fatal stabbing, saying they were both young men around the same age as the victim who remained at-large.
Detectives are pursuing a drug deal gone bad as a possible factor, but the motive has not been confirmed yet for what was Pleasanton's first homicide in nearly eight years.
Butler was a former student at Amador Valley High School, who wrestled for the Dons and competed internationally in judo. He had transferred out of the Pleasanton Unified School District during his junior year.
"Our hearts go out to the Butler family and to those who knew him. He is remembered as an incredible young man who was celebrated as a world-class wrestler during his time at Amador," school administrators said in a statement released through the district.
Butler died at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley after being stabbed multiple times in the parking lot of the Hyatt House Pleasanton on Chabot Drive on Wednesday night (April 15).
Pleasanton police officers arrived at the scene around 8:20 p.m. to find the young man down with critical wounds -- the result of a confrontation that escalated into a stabbing, involving two other people who then fled the scene, Lt. Erik Silacci said in an initial police statement on Thursday.
Police revealed new details about the encounter in a follow-up news release on Friday morning.
Butler -- listed on record as a Pleasanton resident -- was staying in a hotel room at the Hyatt House and went outside to the parking lot at some point that night to meet with individuals whom police have not yet identified, according to Silacci.
"An altercation ensued and Butler was stabbed several times," Silacci said. "Detectives are investigating the possibility of drug sales activity, but this motive has not yet been confirmed."
Police now have initial descriptions of their two suspects in the fatal stabbing.
One was a black male, 16 to 20 years old, standing 5-foot-6 with a skinny build wearing a gray beanie and black sweatpants. The second suspect was also an African-American male, 16 to 20 years old, standing 5-foot-8 with a medium build, round face and black hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with information about the suspects' whereabouts or the case in general can contact Pleasanton police Det. Tony Repetto at 925-931-5288 or email@example.com.