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
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
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."
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.
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.
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