Family and friends of slain Jiu-Jitsu studio owner Ramon Diaz discussed his death on Tuesday at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Palm Springs, where they said Diaz was more than just a martial arts instructor, he was also a friend and family man.
Diaz was shot and killed in front of his Cathedral City home on March 28 at about 9:30 p.m. The person responsible remains on the loose.
Friends, family members and former students gathered to remember him while also attempting to bring renewed light to the unsolved case. According to KESQ News, The family of Ramon Diaz, is now offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction.
RIP to the Amazing Man who introduced me to BJJ and MMA. Ramon Diaz was my first instructor & I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today pic.twitter.com/xjUQU6CQ7m
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) March 29, 2018
In the months since his murder, investigators say they have followed up on several leads but none have led to the identification of a suspect(s).
“He was always more than a brother, he was like a dear friend. There were things I could share with him I wouldn’t share with my best friend of 40 years,” Alex Diaz, 49, the eldest of five siblings, told The Desert Sun.
Alex, Marco, Ramon, Gabriela and Daniel grew up in the Coachella Valley where Ramon Diaz was a reserve officer for the Palm Springs Police Department, until he ventured off into martial arts later in life. He was devoted to helping his students, not just with training, but in life, his brother Alex said.