An Oceanside High School graduate was the victim of a homicide over the weekend. His family spoke to NBC 7 about the young man who was loved by everyone and "didn’t deserve to go out this way."
Ade Perdue, 22, was remembered as a hard-working young man who brought light into a room.
“Very tragic. A young man had to leave so early when he was doing so well in life,” said his father, Richard Perdue.
Ade Perdue was described as a family-oriented person who graduated from Oceanside High School and went on to work at Master’s Kitchen and Cocktail.
“He didn’t deserve to go out this way,” his father said.
Oceanside Police (OPD) and the Oceanside Fire Department (OFD) responded to the 300 block of S. Horne Street at 6 a.m. Sunday to find Ade Perdue not breathing.
Life-saving measures were initiated but were ultimately unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene, OPD said.
Investigators say there were no obvious signs of traumatic injury.
After multiple interviews and crime scene processing, investigators determined that Perdue’s death was the result of a homicide.
Hours later, officers took Pablo Mendoza, 24, into custody on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Mendoza was booked at the Vista Detention Facility just before 7 p.m. He was scheduled to be arraigned in court Tuesday.
Family members are asking friends to wear white when they attend the court hearing as a show of support.
They have also launched an online fundraising page.
Ade Perdue's employer posted this message to the restaurant's Facebook page:
"Such a sad day for Masters restaurant, one of our family members past away last night. He was with us from day one and was a beautiful soul. He will be missed, my love goes out to my Masters family. Let's celebrate his life and all the great times we had with him. Let the ones that touch your heart know what they mean to you."