Aaron Lee Ramzy – Sacramento County booking photo
SACRAMENTO—A Sacramento man has been found guilty of first-degree murder after stabbing his roommate multiple times earlier this year.
Aaron Lee Ramzy, 24, stabbed his roommate, Zachary Kane, 23, more than 18 times while the victim sat in a chair watching movies at his Natomas apartment on February 23.
A Sacramento County jury also found on Monday that Ramzy used a deadly weapon, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
Kane shared an apartment with three other young adults, one of whom was Ramzy’s sister. The roommates had agreed to let Ramzy stay with them when he became homeless, authorities said.
Police responded to a call at approximately 11:00 p.m. to the apartment complex on the 3300 block of Arena Boulevard, where they found the victim in critical condition. Kane was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead about two hours later.
The suspect fled the scene before police arrived, but was arrested and taken into custody in Roseville two days later.
Authorities said that prior to the murder, Ramzy texted his ex-girlfriend and said he was going to kill Kane. The victim’s three roommates testified that there had been no altercations or disagreements between Kane and Ramzy leading up to the killing.
Ramzy is scheduled to appear before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley for sentencing on December 17.
After Kane’s death, his friends and family established a GoFundMe page to raise money to support his family. Over $4000 has been raised in the 8 months it has been active. The page says “If you were fortunate to know Zach, you know that he was a truly beautiful and kind person. Zach kept friends from every facet of his life – from elementary school to automotive school. He was an altar boy at St. Rose Catholic Church during his middle school years. He made many friends of his co-workers and customers during his time as a Starbucks barista.”
Kane went to Santa Rosa Junior College and studied criminal justice, and then automobile mechanics. The page goes on to say “He often returned to visit his 5th grade teacher and mentored students in her class. His former teacher once told his mother that when Zach came to her class, she always had him work with the more challenging students because he had a way about interacting with these youngsters that made them look up to him and want to do their work to please him.”