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
Callie Sumlin
Callie Sumlin is a writer living in Westminster, and has been covering food and sustainability in the Centennial State for more than five years.