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Jax Fish House to Hold Fundraiser for Family of Murdered Line Cook

On August 24, the LoDo location will donate a portion of its proceeds to the family of Marlon Casanova, who was killed walking home from work in July.


In the early morning hours on July 30, 35-year-old Marlon Casanova was walking home from his shift as a line cook at Jax Fish House in LoDo when he was murdered, allegedly by a man named Raoul Solis Lanius. According to the Denver Post, Lanius stabbed Casanova 14 times, and is now in custody.

Casanova’s co-workers at Jax Fish House (and the Truffle Table, where he also worked part-time) were shocked by the tragic news. According to Kristi Quick Weise, Jax’s general manager, Casanova “was a quiet man, reserved, hard working and overall, a great friend who will be missed dearly.”


On August 24, Jax Fish House is holding a fundraiser to assist Casanova’s family with funeral costs. 40 percent of the restaurant’s proceeds on that day will go to Casanova’s family; Jax will also be entering names into a drawing for prizes such as a crab boil for 10 people.

Can’t make it to Jax Fish House on the 24th? You can contribute to Casanova’s GoFundMe page here.

Callie Sumlin, Associate Food Editor

Callie Sumlin creates stories for 5280's Eat & Drink section, manages the dining guide, and oversees 5280.com's digital food-related coverage and weekly e-newsletter, Table Talk.

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