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Bench unveiled in Paso Robles following third arrest in Trevon Perry case

Posted at 10:01 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 02:11:22-04

Three more arrests were announced in the murder case of Trevon Perry Friday shortly before the unveiling of a remembrance bench for Trevon Perry and Christopher Wilson, who police say were both murdered.

Paso Robles Police announced the new arrests Friday afternoon, bringing the total arrests to five in Perry's case.

Nicholas Ron, 23 was arrested in June and charged with murder in connection with Perry's death. Vivianna Rodriguez, 24, was arrested shortly after on suspicion of accessory to murder.

“I think we knew that there were a lot of people involved in this," Perry's sister, Caryssa Esquivel, told KSBY News.

According to police, the three additional suspects arrested Wednesday of this week were booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail.

Of the five, jail logs only showed Ron as being in custody Friday evening.

A bench now sits in Paso Robles City Park in remembrance of victims Perry, 27, and Wilson, 23.

“They were taken so young and it’s such a great honor that the community actually acknowledges them and is giving us such a special place to remember them," April Anguiano, Wilson's aunt, said.

Wilson was stabbed to death in Shandon in June of 2019.

More than a dozen supporters of both families attended the unveiling to show their support on a day neither family will forget.

“September 25 is National Remembrance Day of Murder victims," Esquivel said. "We never thought that we would be remembering my brother on this day."

Paso Robles Police have not said why arrests came late in the Perry murder investigation.

His family feels there is more to be done.

“We’re relieved, but I don’t think this is a resolution. I think there is more to come," Esquivel said.

She read the following statement at the unveiling of the bench.

Thank you for joining us today on this National Murder Victim’s Remembrance Day. We never anticipated that we would be remembering my brother on this day, but we are grateful for those who took the time to be here and share this day and our pain with us.

There is so much more to Trevon than how his life ended. There wasn’t any place that Tre could go where he wouldn’t make friends with just about anyone. Although the pain of losing him is overwhelming, it means so much to our family that our community sees Trevon for who he was: the life of the party, the heartbeat of our family, and someone who would truly step up and be there for a friend until the very end.

Our family is thankful to the Paso Robles community and especially the Paso Robles Police Department for standing up for Tre, and we hope that this bench that the people of Paso have donated, will serve as a reminder of unity and friendship to all who sit here.

Tre and Topher had a bond that was deeper than friendship - it was family that they chose to be for each other. Both of them should still be here today, but have had their lives, dreams, and potential stolen from them by senseless violence. With so much going on in our world and our community in 2020, it is easy to be distracted from what truly matters. We hope that everyone can honor both Tre and Cris and many others like Kristin Smart, James Watson, Nancy Woodrum and many many others, on this day by remembering what is truly important. Stand with us to demand an end to violence so no other families will have to remember the one they love on this day.
Caryssa Esquivel, Trevon's sister

Kelli Perry, who lives in Texas, says she raised Trevon with her husband, Geary.

They moved to Texas in 2005 where Perry completed high school.

She says they have been very pleased with Paso Robles police and their ongoing efforts to reach out and listen to the family.

“We’ve had to be patient in a very difficult time,” Perry said.

They held a funeral for Trevon Perry on Saturday, Sept. 19 in Texas.