"That's what you get."
That’s a phrase Alexandra Reed will never forget. It’s what Reed said she heard being yelled out by a person holding a knife after Osana Futi was fatally stabbed on April 28.
Reed appeared in Fremont court Thursday as a witness to the killing and recounted the night for attorneys working the case in front of about 20 family members and friends of Futi.
She talked of how the student and football star was involved in two fights before he was stabbed, how he had a problem with Norteno gang members and would attack them “violently and viciously.”
Futi died around 1:20 a.m. on April 29 – about two hours after he was close to a home where a house party had been held near Hyde Park and Yellow Stone Park drives in Fremont.
Abraham Ibrahim Hade, 18, of Fremont, is charged with one count of murder with a gang enhancement in connection to Futi’s killing. He in late May.
While being questioned by Deputy District Attorney Elgin Lowe, Reed identified Hade as the man who stabbed Futi.
But the person who stabbed Futi was not the first person Futi fought with that night, according to Reed.
While Reed said she doesn’t remember Futi being at the party, she said she first saw him while she was leaving the party. They talked, and then Futi told her he was going to greet his cousins who live on the street, closer to where the party was, she said.
Shortly after, Reed said she heard yelling.
“I could tell it was not a good kind of yelling. …[I saw] just a lot of movement everywhere,” Reed said. “I could tell something bad was going on,” Reed said.
As she got closer, Reed said she saw one male lying on the ground and Futi standing near him. Though she did not see them fight, Reed said she saw Futi kick him once and that she then told Futi and his friend that they should all leave.
The trio headed toward Futi's friend's car, but Reed said while walking, she noticed two other males standing on the street – one of whom had blood on his shirt. Neither of the two men was the same person Futi had just confronted, she said. Reed said the pair was yelling toward their direction.
“He said ‘You think you’re tough? You think you’re tough?’” Reed said of the male with the bloody shirt who she described as Hispanic. She said the second male, a light-skinned African American, was also yelling at them in an “instigating” manner.
That’s when Futi asked what the two said and the Hispanic male stepped toward Futi and tried to punch him, Reed said. Futi ducked, then punched the Hispanic male who then “dropped” to the ground, said Reed.
Futi approached the second male, who she said was Hade, and that the suspect began backing away. Somehow, he ended up on the ground facing Futi, whose back was facing Reed, and when Futi turned around, he was wounded, she said.
“Osana stood up and said ‘I’m stabbed,’” said Reed, who said Futi grabbed his thigh and looked toward her. “There was a lot of blood,” Reed recalled.
She tried to apply pressure on his wound, called 911 and while yelling at Futi to stay awake, Reed said she heard a voice from her left.
She said the person yelling said, “That’s what you get. That’s what you deserve.”
She looked toward the person, and Reed said she saw the light-skinned African American, who had a “soft-looking face,” with a knife in his right hand “just down by his side.”
Reed said she later identified Hade as the man with the knife who said Futi deserved his injuries to authorities.
A Problem With Nortenos
Reed said a fight that broke out during a party one year ago could be reason why Futi disliked members of Norteno gangs – a well-known street gang that is commonly made up of Hispanic individuals who associate with Northern California, the color red and the number 14.
Reed also said she could agree with Defense attorney Thomas Knutsen that Futi’s "hate" for Norteno gang members was also fueled by the murder of his teammate and best friend Justice Afoa, who was on Dec. 15, 2010,
Reed also agreed with the attorneys that Futi believed a Norteno gang member stabbed Afoa.
When Knutsen asked if Reed would agree that Futi hated people who were Norteno, she replied, “You could say that.”
She also agreed that Futi tended to hate individuals who were associated with the Norteno gang but did not hate every individual who associated with the gang.
When she was asked if Futi would attack Norteno gang members “violently and viciously,” Reed replied with a “yes.”
The questioning ended at approximately 4:30 p.m. and was continued to 2 p.m Friday at the Fremont Hall of Justice. Two male witnesses who were ordered to court Thursday were asked to return Friday.
Editor's note: This report was updated to add attribution to parts of the testimony.