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July 29, 2009 > Fundraising concert for murder victim reward fund

Fundraising concert for murder victim reward fund

Submitted By Cathy Keys

At about 12:20 p.m. on May 20, 2009, 26-year-old Donald "Donnie" Frates, a Fremont native, was fatally shot near his home in Stockton. Stockton Police investigators say Frates was walking to his job as a stockman at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Hammer Lane in Stockton. Frates was shot twice. When police arrived, they found him lying on a sidewalk. He was unresponsive, and was later pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Medical Center.

A memorial was held in Fremont, attended by his family and many of his friends.

Unfortunately the killer or killers remain on the loose to this day. Stockton Police continue to receive leads and are following up on every one of them. Stockton Crime Stoppers is also focusing its attention on the murder of Frates, who moved to Stockton in early 2009, looking for a fresh start.

On Saturday, Aug. 1, a concert benefit will be held in Fremont to raise money for a reward fund to encourage anyone to come forward with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Frates' murder. Musical performances by Ebzabah, Dave Crimmens Band, The Blues Bottle Band and others are scheduled. Food and refreshments will be provided for a $10 donation. Raffle tickets will also be sold.

Fundraising Benefit for Donnie Frates
Saturday, Aug. 1
2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Mojo Lounge
3714 Peralta Blvd., Fremont

For more details on the Frates murder case, please visit
The Stockton Police Department's Case No. is 09-23937.

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