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By Jeff Pack

Family is coping in aftermath son's death, conviction and sentencing of his killer


Last updated 11/29/2018 at 6:59pm

Atticus Rodriguez

Atticus Rodriguez shared this photo of his entire family, taken at his son's eighth-grade graduation that shows his entire family. His son, Kevin, far right, was killed in an altercation with James Fortney, who was recently sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

A year and one day ago, Atticus Rodriguez received a phone call he never thought he'd get on his birthday.

His 19-year-old son, Kevin, was on his way to a family barbecue to celebrate his father's birthday when he was stabbed and killed in the parking lot of Walmart in Temecula during an altercation with a man he had never met.

According to Deputy District Attorney Dan DeLimon, Kevin and James Fortney crossed paths for the first and last time in the afternoon, Nov. 29, 2017, in the Temecula Walmart parking lot.

Kevin and his girlfriend, identified in court documents only as "J.C.," were h...

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