Cops Solve 2001 Cold Case Slaying, But Now They Need Help Finding the Victim’s Family

California police said they arrested three suspects on Wednesday for a man’s 2001 slaying, but they need the public’s help in locating the victim’s family.

Two people fatally stabbed Nhin Phi Ha, 22, outside of his San José apartment. Two decades later, San José police said they have arrested three people  — Eutropio Dagayray, 47, and 45-year-olds Francis Dagayray and Gilbert Meriales —  in connection with the 2001 slaying.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Christian Camarillo told KGO that Phi Ha’s friend was also attacked during the deadly incident. The friend survived but Phi Ha died at the scene.

San José police said the two killers fled in an SUV driven by a getaway driver.

“This victim had just arrived at his apartment, was exiting a vehicle when he was randomly attacked,” Camarillo said.

[Image: Francis Dagayray, Eutropio Dagayray, and Gilbert Meriales/San José Police Department]
According to police, investigators interviewed witnesses after the case was reopened in August.

Camarillo told KGO, “For whatever reasons they decided to be more forthcoming, provide more information which really sealed the case.”

The three suspects are charged with homicide and assault with a deadly weapon. The trio is also facing enhanced charges as police believe Phi Ha’s slaying was gang-related.

San José police said they notified the surviving victim about the arrests, but they were unable to contact Phi Ha’s family. They requested anyone who knows his relatives to contact them.

“We really want to find this victim’s family and let them know that there has been a conclusion and resolution to this case,” Camarillo said.

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[Featured image: Nhin Phi Ha/San José Police Department]