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Arrest made in murder of gay immigrant found burned, left in park dumpster

Saturday, July 23, 2011

San Francisco police have made an arrest in connection with the murder of a gay immigrant whose body was discovered last month burned beyond recognition.

Freddy Roberto Canul-Arguello

David M. Diaz, 22, is being held on homicide and arson charges in the June 10 slaying of Freddy Roberto Canul-Arguello.

Canul-Arguello’s body was discovered by San Francisco firefighters responding to a reported brush fire incident in Buena Vista Park in the city’s famed Haight district — they found his partially burned body in an nearby dumpster.

Police said they believe Canul-Arguello had been killed prior to his body being burned.

Canul-Arguello’s friends and his grieving family are wondering if Freddy’s openness about his sexuality may have triggered the killing.

One friend, Javier Perez, 29, who described himself as Freddy’s best friend, said that Freddy had two passions, cooking which was his profession and dancing in drag.

Canul-Arguello had moved to San Francisco with his brother Ivan four years ago from their native Mexico.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. This is so sad. I will never understand how people become so hate filled.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:35pm
  2. To the six or however many people people will “Like” this. You are all sick people that are truly ignorant.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:36pm
  3. I think people are liking this because they made an arrest. I certainly am glad that they made an arrest.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:39pm
  4. Wtf is wrong with people!!!??

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:39pm
  5. This is not cool. Why the hell did this even happen? I’m glad the guy got arresting.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:39pm
  6. No fair, but sadly life isn’t. People are so sick nowadays. We send our prayers to you. =( <3

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:41pm
  7. Fuck the guy who killed a gay man, if that where to have been my partner then he’d have to watch his ass, cause i’d beat him.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:44pm
  8. Oh my God….why?

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:46pm
  9. OMG, is that his whole name, geesh. Does CA have the death penalty? I sure hope so. Hate crime. I have no regard for people like that. It sickens me.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:46pm
  10. No one deseves to walk free after murder and I hope he is prosecuted to the fullest degree. Let the criminal who harmed this person be punished.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 8:12pm
  11. prayers to Freddy’s family and friends so sad

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 8:16pm
  12. I live in the bay area and frequent San Francisco yet I never heard about this!!! California does have the death penalty but they don’t utilize it like Texas does unfortunately. 700+ people sit on death row and they rarely execute people SMH!!! It’s annoying!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 8:17pm
  13. I’m waiting for him to claim gay panic.

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:01pm
  14. animals. rip-freddy

    Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:13pm
  15. LGBTQ please keep us updated on this case?

    Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 2:27am
  16. Unbelievable that this is still happening to the LGBTQ community, and in San Francisco!! The only justice is to do the same thing to the guilty person!!

    Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 8:30am
  17. The Lord loves his Gay kids the most,
    cause me make him smile often and even giggle sometimes.

    So very sad and troubling indeed about these precious lives being cut short.

    Ignorant people and those in a hyper-macho community bread this hate in addition to churches, having truly spiritually dead ministers who do not understand The Word of God at all.

    God save us from your followers!

    Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 11:54pm