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Jealous lover stalked ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend then stabbed him to death


Denzel Kasaka, 23, (in mug) was found guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday

A jealous lover has been convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend after sending her a message on Instagram warning ‘it’s not gonna end well’ before he stalked them in his car and stabbed his victim through the heart. 

Denzel Kasaka, 23, was found guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday for the slaying of his love-rival Jose Augusto Ruiz, 20, in Silver Spring, Maryland, in June 2020. 

Kasaka stalked his ex Lucya Ramirez and her new boyfriend Ruiz throughout the day on June 14 – first tracking there whereabouts via social media and sending them both ‘threatening messages’. He then began following them in his car as they spent the day and night together. 

Eventually, Kasaka confronted his ex and her new partner in a parking lot outside Ruiz’s home where the two men got into a fist fight, which culminated in Kasaka pulling out a knife and stabbing the 20-year-old to death. 

Surveillance footage of the incident captured Kasaka stalking the couple in his car and the fatal incident that followed. 

Prosecutors said Ruiz and Ramirez spent the day of the ‘love triangle’ murder together while Kasaka began stalking the couple through her Instagram, reported the Washington Post

Kasaka then started sending the pair threatening messages on Instagram around 10am.

Kasaka was ‘acting jealous and was clearly upset that the two were spending the day together’, the court documents read.  

One of the messages to his ex warned: ‘On everything it’s not gonna end well.’

Later that day, the couple went to Ramirez’s home to pick up some clothes so she could spend the night with Ruiz.

Surveillance footage captured Kasaka stalking his ex Lucya Ramirez and her new bofriend love rival Jose Augusto Ruiz, 20, in Silver Spring, Maryland, back in June 2020

Surveillance footage captured Kasaka stalking his ex Lucya Ramirez and her new bofriend love rival Jose Augusto Ruiz, 20, in Silver Spring, Maryland, back in June 2020

The footage shows the two men get into a fist fight outside Ruiz's home

Kasaka then pulled a knife from his car and stabbed Ruiz before driving off

The footage shows the two men get into a fist fight outside Ruiz’s home. Kasaka then pulled a knife from his car and stabbed Ruiz before driving off 

While they were there, Ramirez said she spotted Kasaka’s car in the area.

Believing he was looking for her, Ramirez text her ex telling him she was at home, court documents said.  

The couple then went to Ruiz’s grandmother’s home where they continued to receive threatening messages from Kasaka.

Ramirez and Ruiz allegedly got into a ‘disagreement’ about Kasaka and his harassment of them and they returned together to Ramirez’s home at around 10pm.

From there, they decided they would both spend the night at Ruiz’s townhouse which was located in the 13700 block of Avonshire Drive, according to the court documents.

The couple pulled up in the car outside his home to find Kasaka had followed them there. 

Kasaka had stalked the couple on Instagram throughout the day before following them in his car. Ruiz (pictured) died from multiple stab wounds

Kasaka had stalked the couple on Instagram throughout the day before following them in his car. Ruiz (pictured) died from multiple stab wounds

The surveillance footage captures what happened next.

Kasaka’s vehicle is seen coming to a stop and he exits the car.

Ruiz approaches and the two men become embroiled in a fist fight – while Ramirez appears to be trying to separate them. 

The footage shows the brawl continues on and off for a couple of minutes.

During this time, according to the court documents, Ruiz broke the back window of Kasaka’s car. 

Kasaka is seen getting back in his vehicle and driving it forward a few feet before stopping again.

The killer got out the car and returned to the fight with a knife which he used to stab Ruiz multiple times – twice in the abdomen area and once directly to the heart, the documents state. 

Kasaka then got in his car and sped away from the scene. 

Kasaka (pictured in mug) faces up to 40 years in prison

Prosecutors are asking for the maximum sentence to be handed down for Ruiz's (pictured) murder

Kasaka faces up to 40 years in prison and prosecutors are asking for the maximum sentence to be handed down for Ruiz’s murder

Ruiz was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Later that night, Kasaka’s car was found along Good Hope Road near his home.

He surrendered to police two days later. 

Kasaka was charged with first-degree, pre-mediated murder and second-degree murder. 

The jury at Montgomery County Circuit court deliberated for three days before finding him not guilty on the higher charge but guilty on the second.  

Ramirez is due to be sentenced on February 18.

He faces up to 40 years in prison and prosecutors are asking for the maximum sentence to be handed down.  

Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy described Kasaka as a ‘threat to the safety of the community and the state intends to seek the maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.’ 

Meanwhile, Kasaka’s defense, which argued at his trial he was acting in self-defense, have vowed to appeal the conviction. 



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