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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.


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