Suspect in fatal stabbing of DJ out on bail

The 22-year-old man arrested last week in connection with the fatal stabbing of a well-known DJ and Apple data analyst in January has bailed out of County Jail, according to the district attorney’s office.

Nestor Canchola was booked on suspicion of a murder charge for the killing of Joseph Razo, 29, who was stabbed several times during a large skirmish outside the Cellar nightclub at the foot of Nob Hill on Jan. 25, authorities said.

Razo died in the hospital one week later.

Prosecutors decided there was not yet enough evidence to charge Canchola with the three charges he was first booked on suspicion of, including murder, but police have since booked him on suspicion of felony possession of a sawed-off shotgun and misdemeanor counts of possessing a concealed firearm and a gun with the identification removed.

Canchola was released on $48,000 bail Friday, just two days after his arrest.

Canchola was taken into custody during a traffic stop in the Excelsior near Burrows and Madison streets last Wednesday evening, police said. Around the same time, investigators recovered evidence from a Silver Terrace area residence on Lydia Avenue near Newhall Street.

Razo’s death came as a surprise to friends and family, who were under the impression his condition after the stabbing was better than it was. He underwent surgery for internal bleeding from multiple deep stab wounds to his stomach and chest area.

Razo was born in Brooklyn and raised in Atlanta. He attended Denison University, a small liberal arts school in Ohio from 2004 to 2008. He began shooting and editing video for the Academy of Art University in 2009 and later joined Apple.

Razo was known for spinning hip-hop and R&B music at Beauty Bar in the Mission and also at the Cellar.

Dozens of family and friends were gathered at San Francisco General Hospital the day he died. While on life-support, the band Stang dedicated a song to him during their set at the Boom Boom Room and an outpour of good wishes were posted by loved ones on social media.

Razo had just returned from a trip to India for a wedding when he was stabbed.

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