On January 11, Baldermar Hernandez
and his partner, Eric Florke, were found dead at their home on the 13400
block of Vista Del Mar off Blanco Road.
Neighbors, friends puzzled by gay couple's murder-suicide
QSanAntonio, January 17, 2014
A gay couple who recently moved to San Antonio from the Rio Grande Valley
were found dead in their home on the Northwest side on Saturday, January
11. Police say it was a murder-suicide.
Baldemar Hernandez, 25, and his partner, 39-year-old Eric Florke were
found dead in their bed by police after neighbors became suspicious when
the couple's garage door was left open for several days and their dogs
were running loose.
Police believe the men had been dead at least a couple of days before
their bodies were discovered.
According to police, there was no indication of forced entry at home,
which is in the 13400 block of Vista Del Mar off Blanco Road. However,
there were signs of a struggle and a handgun was found at the scene. One
neighbor told police she had heard two gunshots but at the time could
not tell where they had originated.
On Monday, January 13, police released a report listing Florke as the
suspect and Hernandez as the victim.
The couple's neighbors were stunned by the discovery. “They were
a really nice couple. They had just moved here from the Valley,”
one woman told the San Antonio Express-News.
Another neighbor said, "Nothing ever seemed suspicious. I would never
think that this would happen. They seemed so happy together.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Betty Garza, Hernandez's former manager
at Coldwell Banker- La Mansion Real Estate in McAllen where he worked
before moving to San Antonio.
"They were both fine people. That's why this very hard to understand,"
Garza told a reporter for KGBT-TV in Harlingen. "He (Hernandez) was
always happy, always had a smile on his face, (was) a very, very positive
person, (had a) big heart and that's how we'll remember him," she
News reports say Florke was a pilot who worked for a produce company.
In a web search, QSanAntonio found a listing that showed Florke had been
affiliated with Frontera Produce in Edinburg, Texas as Senior Chief Pilot
but could not confirm that he was still working for that company at the
time of his death.
A funeral mass was held for Hernandez on Thursday, January 16 at San Martin
de Porres Catholic Church in Weslaco. No arrangements for Florke have
been made public as yet.
killed in apparent murder-suicide identified
MySA.com, January 14, 2014
he Bexar County Medical Examiner's Officer has identified two men who
were found dead in their home Saturday after an apparent murder-suicide.
found dead in bed, neighbors report gunshots
ValleyCentral.com, January 14, 2013
Baldemar Hernandez, 25, was an up-and-coming realtor at Coldwell Banker-
La Mansion Real Estate in McAllen for about a year, under the direction
of broker Betty Garza. She knew him better as simply "JR. "