Two men were arrested and several others are wanted in connection with the beating death of a man at a park in Oceanside earlier this year, police confirmed.
The Oceanside Police Department said search warrants were served at different locations related to the February 2015 homicide at Buddy Todd Park. Several people are being questioned by police.
On Feb. 16, Oceanside resident Moustafa Gordon, 24, was found beaten to death at Buddy Todd Park in the 2800 block of Mesa Drive. He was found at the northeastern edge of the park and had suffered deadly blunt force trauma to his face.
Oceanside Police Lt. Leonard Cosby said the victim’s lifeless body appeared to have been lying in the park for several hours. The victim was discovered by a resident walking his dog at the park that morning.
Lt. Cosby called the beating death “an attack of great severity” and said it is likely Gordon knew his assailant or assailants.
Now, investigators are searching for three others in connection with Gordon's death: Angelo Doeing, 31; Raider Seau, 33; and William Epenesa, 45.
After Gordon died, NBC 7 spoke with the victim’s brother-in-law, Orbary Walker. He described Gordon as a veteran who worked as a mechanic in the military and a “really nice guy always helping people.”
NBC 7 reached out to Gordon's family Friday who said they had been briefed by police regarding the search warrants and persons of interest in the case. The family was still waiting for names to be released but believe those involved were some of Gordon's "so-called friends."
Gordon's mother, Rashidah Abdul-Khaliq, spoke with NBC 7 about her son -- the baby of the family, a proud Army veteran and talented mechanic.
“He had an irresistible smile and a kind spirit. He was just an all-around good guy,” Abdul-Khaliq said.
The mother said her family is seeking justice for Gordon. She said she can't understand what could've motivated someone to brutally beat her son to death.
“We all have faults. But there is nothing in this world that my son could’ve done that warranted the heinous crime that was done to him,” she said. “He was beaten so bad, it took the morticians five hours to reconstruct his face.”
"No one deserved what he got," she added.
Abdul-Khaliq said this is the second time she has had to bury one of her children. Her eldest son was killed in a car accident.
“Let’s make sure that there’s a conviction for those who did this,” said the mother. "
The investigation is ongoing.