Summarized by Kent Larsen
No Suspects In Murder of Mormon Mexican Immigrant
Edmonton Alberta Canada 18Feb00 D2
By Nicole Bergot: Edmonton Sun
EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA -- Mexican immigrant Bernardo
Sanchez-Archila, 27, was found murdered by a visiting ex-roommate on
Monday and police don't have any suspects in the murder.
Sanchez-Archila was an LDS Church member who left a pregnant
girlfriend behind in northern Mexico. An autopsy determined that he
died of a single stab wound to the heart. Police have no suspects.
Beatriz Kelly of Edmonton's Mexican Cultural Society said that
Sanchez-Archila had just a small circle of friends in Canada, and
fears that one of the friends may have killed him. She also says that
his sexual-orientation may have been a factor in his murder, "It may
have been a jealous person or maybe somebody that hurt him because he
was not gay," she said.
While Kelly maintains that Sanchez-Archila was not gay, she claims he
was mixed up about his sexuality. She met him about a year and a half
ago when a gay friend of her daughters introduced him, "But he was
not gay. He said he was not ready. He was mixed up about his
sexuality." Kelly said she last heard from Sanchez-Archila a few days
before he was found dead.
Sanchez-Archila had been fighting depression since the death of his
mother a year ago. His girlfriend lives in the mansion of Mexican
singer and actress Irma Serrano, who is a relative. He last visited
his girlfriend about four months ago. "I don't know if his intentions
were to bring her here. He loved her but on the other hand he was so
confused," said Kelly.
Detectives say they have received a handful of tips on the murder,
but no solid leads yet.