Father of 11 Killed While Protecting Son, 8, From Burglars

By Ivan Pentchoukov
Ivan Pentchoukov
Ivan Pentchoukov
Ivan has reported for The Epoch Times on a variety of topics since 2011.
November 17, 2017 Updated: November 17, 2017

A New Jersey father of 11 was stabbed to death while protecting his 8-year-old son from a robber who was after the boy’s sneakers.

Jose Malave, 30, died on Tuesday night, Nov. 14, in the doorway his Jersey City apartment surrounded by four of his children and his girlfriend.

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Jose Malave (C). (Facebook)

Police arrested a 17-year-old male in connection with the murder and charged him with felony murder, armed burglary, weapons offenses, and conspiracy, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, NJ.com reported. The suspect’s name has not been released because he is a minor.

Prosecutors issued an additional arrest warrant for Nasiar Day, 19. He is charged with murder and felony murder, armed burglary, and weapons charges, RLS Media reported.

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Jose Malave. (Facebook)

A group of teens tried to rob Malave’s 8-year-old son of his sneakers earlier in the day. The teens then came to Malave’s home at 197 Palisade Ave.

Malave had just come home to drop off his child and head to his construction job. This is when he confronted the teens. Malave was fending off one of the attackers when he was fatally stabbed, New York Post reported.

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Jose Malave. (Facebook)

Officers responded to an emergency call just after 7 p.m. They found Malave in a “lifeless state.” He was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m., according to Suarez.

“He was always outgoing, always happy, always trying to help people,” Malave’s sister, Yesenia Malave told NJ.com via phone.

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Jose Malave. (Facebook)

The victim’s nephew, Jesus Malave, was frustrated by the tragedy. He described Malave as having a bright personality.

“He was just full of life,” the nephew said. “He was the life of the party.”

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Jose Malave. (Facebook)

The family is raising funds for the funeral on GoFundMe. By Friday morning, almost 100 people had donated and the fund is close to its $5,000 goal.

“It is a painful loss to our family and friends,” the fund’s page states. “It is a pain that we do not wish on anyone.”

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Jose Malave. (Facebook)

Yesenia Malave posted about her loss on Facebook.

“All I want is to wake up from this nightmare and for everyone to tell me you okay,” she wrote. “My heart is in thousands of pieces god please wake me up from this nightmare.”

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Jose Malave (Facebook)

Hudson County had 23 homicides in 2017.

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Jose Malave. (Facebook)
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Jose Malave. (Facebook)
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Jose Malave. (Facebook)

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Ivan has reported for The Epoch Times on a variety of topics since 2011.