Saturday, May 22, 1999

Trio sought in beating death

Ecuadorean man was working here

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Mesias Gonzalez's body already has been sent back to his homeland of Ecuador to be buried.

        But the way he died has a Cincinnati connection, and local homicide detectives are looking for three suspected killers.

        Mr. Gonzalez, 20, walked away from a Corryville fight April 24 feeling groggy. He passed out, and his friends couldn't rouse him. They took him to University Hospital.

        He slipped into a coma, and on May 6, he died.

        It's now a homicide case, Cincinnati police Sgt. Tony Carter said.

        Police interviews have led to murder warrants against three men whose last known address was 10 N. Main St. in Walton, Ky. Police say they also may be living on the 1400 block of Holman Street in Covington. Police say they also have ties to Verona in Northern Kentucky and Harrison in Ohio.

        They are:

        • Mario Salazari, 26, also known as Mario Salazar Herrera. He is a 5-foot-8, 145-pound Hispanic man with long black hair and brown eyes.

        • Francisco Javier Rodriquez Martinez, 26 or 27, also known as Francisco J. Rodriguez. He is a 5-foot-9, 175-pound Hispanic man with short black hair and brown eyes.

        • Anibal Hernandez, 21, a 5-foot-4, 130-pound Hispanic man with long black hair and brown eyes.

        Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call the police homicide unit at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. Callers may remain anonymous.

        Mr. Gonzalez's friends raised the money to send his body back for his parents to bury in his small hometown in Ecuador. He had been in Cincinnati for about eight months, living in Forest Park and working as a skilled plasterer at Synthetic Stucco Corp.

        Friends describe him a quiet, happy person who might have been mistaken for the wrong person after he left a Corryville bar and was beaten.

        His death is the 13th homicide case Cincinnati police have investigated this year and the first in Corryville since 1997.


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