Alonzo Foster Jr., 22, of Ash Flat was shot and killed July 20 at Lick Creek in Ozark County, Mo., while picknicking with family.
Foster and about 10 people, including his mother and father, were picknicking and swimming at a place they had been "thousands of times," according to Foster's parents, Alonzo and Sandy Foster also of Ash Flat. Despite the frequent visits to this area, on this particular outing, a local resident of the Mammoth, Mo., area protested to the visitors that they were trespassing on her land.
At around 4 p.m., the landowner Alicia Sanders confronted the family about being on her property, according to the Ozark County Sheriff Raymond Pace. Accompanying Sanders was her 26-year-old son-in-law Jesus Sesena-Murrieta.
As Pace reported, an argument began to ensue involving shoving, at which time Sesena-Murrieta pulled out a .38-caliber, snub-nosed pistol and shot the Ash Flat resident four times.
Although reports say fighting preceded the gun shots, Alonzo and Sandy Foster claim they heard no fighting and were preparing to leave when their son was shot. Foster said as they spoke to Sanders and had agreed to leave, they heard gunshots coming from behind them a few feet away. No loud words or fighting between his son and Sesena-Murrieta occurred, the Fosters said.
Foster's parents also reported that Sesena-Murrieta rode a 4-wheeler down to the bank of the river for a short time and left prior to the incident.
Foster died at 10:30 p.m. after being taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center later that day, according to Pace. Foster's parents, along with about 200 friends, were at the hospital that night as Foster was pronounced dead and his body was transferred to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Mo., for an autopsy that was scheduled for July 22, Pace said.
According to local authorities, Sesena-Murrieta, residing in Mammoth at the time of the shooting, fled to Gassville. Shortly after, Sesena-Murrieta's wife convinced him to return and he turned himself into police. Police then discovered that Sesena-Murrieta was illegally in the United States and was a citizen of Mexico.
Ozark County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms officials searched all day July 21 for the pistol used by Sesena-Murietta but were unable to recover it, Pace said.
According to authorities, Sesena-Murietta is being charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal actions and will remain in the Ozark County jail with no bond until his court date on July 29 at 9 a.m.
Family members say they are satisfied with the alleged offender receiving no bond because if he were released it is likely he would attempt to flee. The family also said they are just hoping that justice will soon be served and those responsible will be held accountable.