Frank Villella, 26, of Aurora, was killed early Sunday morning after a confrontation outside of a Cleveland bar. A 26-year-old Euclid man remains in the Cleveland City Jail after being taken into custody following the slaying and Cleveland police expect to charge him later today.
Villella and his fiancee, Tracy Korver, 26, also of Aurora, were taking part in separate bachelor and bachelorette celebrations in Cleveland Saturday night. The parties lasted into early Sunday morning.
Villella and Korver were to be married Friday at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church in Highland Heights.
Korver's father, David Korver Sr., of Cleveland, said today that the past week quickly went from one of celebration to one of sadness.
"This is just unbelievable," Korver said. "(Tracy) is really having a tough time with this. We all are."
Villella and his friends began the night at Joseph's Grille, on East 185th Street in Cleveland and then went downtown, according to Cleveland Police Sgt. Mark Hastings.
"Upon returning (to Joseph's) at about 2:30 a.m. and exiting their vehicles, they were confronted by a number of other males drinking beer in the parking lot," Hastings said.
It was then that a confrontation began. One of the men in Villella's party said to the men in the parking lot, "Hey, give me a beer," according to Hastings.
"That met with some angry retorts that started an argument. That escalated into a stabbing and the death," he said.
Five other men were injured in the incident, including Villella's brother, Nicholas, 25, of Lyndhurst, who remains in satisfactory condition at Meridia Huron Hospital in East Cleveland.
The other men were treated at area hospitals and released.
Korver said that his daughter and Villella met a little more than a year ago at a wedding. They had recently moved back to the area from Las Vegas, where Villella had been living. Both were living with their mothers in Aurora prior to the wedding.
While his family is deeply saddened by Villella's death, he is also thankful that he and his sons declined an invitation to the bachelor party.
"It was only luck that I probably would have been there, but I decided not to go," he said. "The bachelor party isn't really for the future father-in-law, but my two sons decided that they didn't want to go."
"It just seemed, by fate, to work out that way," he said.
He said he learned about Villella's death from his son, who heard about it from Tracy, who happened upon the scene.
"She stopped by and the incident had just happened. The police said there was a stabbing here and his name was Frank Villella and she said, 'Don't kid me, that was my fianc'," he said.
"I don't know if she'll stay in the area. She has to find herself again, and it will take a long time of recovery," he said. "I hope that she stays mentally healthy and that she doesn't blame herself."