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Vincent Diaz and his accused killer Ivan Cruz Aguilar

Gay man murdered in hotel by man he met in bar
QSanAntonio, January 15, 2014

A gay man who was in town for the funeral of a relative was murdered in his hotel room on December 23. His alleged assailant told police he killed the man after the victim admitted to being HIV positive.

According to police and press reports, Vincent Diaz, 42, was in San Antonio for the funeral of his uncle and was staying at the Candlewood Suites on South Laredo Street near the corner of Guadalupe Street.

On December 22, Diaz and two others who also were staying at the hotel, attended the rosary for the deceased and afterward went for a drink together and then back to the hotel.

Later that evening, Diaz went back out alone to an unnamed bar where he met his accused killer, identified by police as Ivan Cruz Aguilar, 35.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, "Security footage from the hotel showed Diaz and a man who police believe is Aguilar return to the hotel around 3 a.m. Dec. 23, with Diaz 'touching and holding' Aguilar in the hotel lobby."

Security cameras later captured Aguilar leaving the hotel around 4:30 a.m. with some of Diaz's belongings. KSAT-TV reports, "Those traveling with Diaz say he traveled with expensive jewelry and luggage. Two pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage worth $2,000 were missing from the victim's room."

The next day, relatives became alarmed when Diaz failed to show up for the funeral. They called the hotel and asked them to check Diaz's room. According to the affidavit, Diaz's body was found with his wrists bound and marks on his neck indicating he may have been strangled.

Police traced the taxi Diaz took when he went back out. A witness who was at the bar that night told authorities that Diaz left the establishment with Aguilar.

Police arrested Aguilar on January 13 and charged him with Diaz's murder.

In the police report, Aguilar says he had sex with Diaz. "Aguilar said the victim had told him that he had infected him with a virus known as AIDS. After he killed the victim, Aguilar stated he stole various items of property from the victim out what he stated was 'instinct,'" the report says.

Aguilar has a rap sheet that includes credit card fraud, driving while intoxicated and giving false information to police.

Diaz was born and raised in San Antonio and was living in Millbrae, California with Robert Wall, his partner of 14 years. According to his obituary, Diaz was "involved in the Maitri Organization, participated in numerous AIDS walks and was a member of the AIDS Foundation."

Man charged in downtown hotel slaying
MySA.com, January 14, 2013
San Antonio police arrested a man Monday in the slaying last month of a California resident who was in town for a funeral.

Vincent Diaz Obituary
MySA.com, December 28, 2013
Born in San Antonio, Texas, on November 21, 1971, Vincent Mark Diaz was joined with the Lord on December 23, 2013, at the age of 42.

Man arrested in strangulation at south San Antonio hotel
KSAT.com, January 13, 2013
A man wanted on charges of killing a man by strangulation and then stealing from the victim was arrested Monday, according the San Antonio Police Department.