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DAVIS --

The family of Peter Gonzales, the 22-year-old man stabbed to death in a Davis bar on Saturday, is speaking out.

Gonzales' parents spent the day in Yolo County, saying goodbye to their son at his viewing. They are now working with the district attorney's office, hoping to find justice.

Nick Gonzales is Peter Gonzales' older brother. He said he wants the world to remember his baby brother as a young man with a beautiful soul.

He said his family was in Davis for their sister's wedding.

But a day before the wedding, the family's happiness turned into grief.

Peter Gonzales was the youngest but tallest of five children. He was always kind, gentle, family oriented and protective.

Davis police said that is exactly what he was doing Saturday morning when he was stabbed. Investigators said Gonzales and his two brothers were attacked by three Vacaville men inside KetMoRee Thai restaurant when Gonzales dove in to protect his brothers.

Nick Gonzales told FOX40 over the phone, his brother "Pete" was a gentle giant with a big heart. He remembers the time Peter dropped whatever was going on in his own life to move across the country. He left Hacienda Heights and went to Norfolk, Virginia, to take care of Nick's wife and daughter, who was born four months premature, while Navy brother Nick was deployed overseas.

The Fullerton college student was just about to transfer to Cal State Dominguez Hills.

He wanted to become a special needs teacher. They family said Peter Gonzales was so good with kids, he was often called "the baby whisperer."

As the family prepares for Gonzales' funeral, detectives continue to work on the case.

Only two of the three men who they say attacked Gonzales are behind bars -- 25-year-old Martin Contreras and 21-year-old Zackary Sandeno. Sandeno's brother, 20-year-old Joseph Sandeno is still at large.

The Gonzales family chose to move forward with the wedding on Sunday, saying they wanted to be together during this tough time, knowing that their "gentle giant" would be looking down from above.

The Davis Police Department is working around the clock to find Joseph Sandeno.

The two behind bars are set to be arraigned Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Yolo County Superior Court.