Monday Aug 24 2009
Stabbing victim taken off life support
By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
A 21-year-old Lincoln man died when he was declared brain dead and taken off life support Aug. 20 after being stabbed with a screwdriver Aug. 15, according to family members. Duane Andrew Pace was allegedly assaulted in Sheridan by Alexander Lee Garcia, 22, according to Lt. Jeff Ausnow of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies were called to Garcia’s house in Sheridan, located on 12th Street, at about 4 p.m. Aug. 15. Pace had already been taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center that day with a head wound, according to Ausnow. Garcia was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and later posted bail before Pace was taken off life support. Garcia has not been rearrested since Pace’s death, Ausnow said. “I want to see justice come out of it,” said Michelle Pace, Duane Pace’s mother. “I’d like to thank all the friends who showed up to the candlelight vigils and all the support from his family and friends.” Pace was going to Sheridan to build furniture for the baby he and his fiancée, Yolanda Prindle, 21, were expecting Oct. 16, said Shantelle Pace, the victim’s 23-year-old sister. According to Shantelle Pace, Duane Pace considered Garcia a friend. “He was definitely looking forward to having this baby,” Shantelle Pace said. Duane Pace and Prindle were planning to get married in October, before the arrival of the baby, Michelle Pace said, adding that her brother treated Prindle’s 2-year-old son as his own. “He missed all the big events in his life,” Shantelle Pace said. “He missed his wedding. He missed his baby – all of them.” According to Michelle Pace and Shantelle Pace, Duane Pace “loved everything to do with the outdoors” – camping, fishing, hiking and spending time with his family. “He was really easygoing and laid-back,” Shantelle Pace said. “He was always a jokester.” Pace lived in Lincoln for about 10 years, attended local schools and was a self-employed general contractor, according to Brandon Pace, his 18-year-old brother. The family is currently setting up memorial services and is aiming for a Sept. 9 date. Duane Pace is survived by his father, Eric Pace; mother, Michelle Pace; stepfather, David Sanders; brother, Brandon Pace, 18; sisters, Crystal Pace, 20, and Shantelle Pace, 23; and fiancée, Yolanda Prindle, 21. A fund has been set up at the River City Bank to help with funeral arrangements, according to family members. It is in Duane Andrew Pace’s name.