Unknown Victor Bacuetes Killer- California- 2015 Aug 27, 2017 4:17:18 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Aug 27, 2017 4:17:18 GMT -5
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From the San Diego Union-Tribune website:
After playing a bit of pool, one of his favorite pastimes, 44-year-old Victor Bacuetes found a spot in Balboa Park and went to sleep.
It wasn’t until the next morning, when a fellow transient went searching for cans, that Bacuetes was found in a pool of his own blood, a San Diego police homicide investigator said. A bullet hole was in his forehead.
That was last year, and detectives still aren’t sure why anyone would want Bacuetes dead. On the anniversary of his death, August 16, police asked the public to help catch his killer.
“It's a mystery. One of those real whodunnits,” said homicide Lt. Manny Del Toro. “We're at a loss. We’ll take all the help we can get on this one.”
After wrapping up a round of pool at Cricket’s Pub on El Cajon Boulevard in Normal Heights, Bacuetes made his way back to the Morley Field Sports Complex in the park where he regularly slept. He found a spot between the velodrome and a Little League field and settled in about midnight, Del Toro said.
Bacuetes’ body was found there the next day about 6:30 a.m. He had apparently died of a single shot to the head, Del Toro said. At first detectives speculated the death was a suicide, but no gunshot residue was found on Bacuetes’ hands. It was soon ruled a murder.
While working the case, detectives spoke with friends who described him as easy-going and non-confrontational. Witnesses last saw him at The Cricket, one of a handful of local bars where he’d play pool, but detectives found know one who saw the killing.
Investigators suspect the attack was unprovoked since Bacuetes appeared to be sleeping when he was killed. Del Toro said police do not believe the slaying was linked to Jon Guerrero, who is accused of killing three sleeping homeless men and maiming two others with railroad spikes in July.
"(Guerrero) had a completely different MO," Del Toro said. "There's nothing to connect (Bacuetes') death to the recent spree."
Police asked anyone with information about the case to call investigators at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (888) 580-8477.
According to Bacuetes’ Facebook page, he was from New Orleans and was a peer counselor at Lighthouse, a substance abuse treatment program in San Diego, in 2012.
San Diego Crime Stoppers page on the case: www.sdcrimestoppers.org/blog/one-year-anniversary-of-the-unsolved-murder-of-victor-bacuetes
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