BAKERSFIELD, California - The family of a local Native-American father of 3 traveled to Utah to retrieve his body after he was stabbed to death at a Salt Lake City Night Club.
Dustin Hoffman was working there temporarily. Witnesses told police that he tried to protect a co-worker who had gotten into an argument with the suspect, Isaac Gallegos. Investigators say Gallegos left the club, but came back later with a weapon and stabbed Hoffman to death. A security guard remains in critical condition and a third stabbing victim has not be located.
Hoffman's sister Lily and brother James traveled to Utah, held a candle-light-light vigil and returned home with his body. His body was taken to a local funeral home, and then transported to the Tule River Indian Reservation for a three day ceremony that coincides with his tribe's tradition.
Hoffman is a member of the Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Bishop. His family told 23ABC that he was a wonderful father of 3 girls and his wife is pregnant with their fourth child.
He was the sole breadwinner for his family and they have asked the community to help with food, diapers, or cash donations.
Anyone who would like to help the Hoffman family can call Melva at (661) 477-5866. Or you can contact our 23ABC Newsroom at (661) 637-2320.