Police investigating sudden death of near North Side man

Police: Sonie Cruz, 46, showed signs of trauma


SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are not sure whether a man found dead in his near North side home was the victim of a fall or foul play.

Officers responded to the home in the 100 block of Weymouth Street shortly after 4 a.m. Monday. The man has been identified as Sonie Cruz, 46.

Police had received a call from a neighbor who was contacted by Cruz's common-law wife.

"He was lying on the floor in the living room. So the trauma that he does have, it could be explained either way," said Police Chief Anthony Trevino. "There are certain elements that are leading us to believe that maybe it was accidental, but then, also at the same time, we don't want to take anything for granted."

Detectives spent more than four hours collecting items from the home which they believed possibly could be evidence.

As the news began to spread, family and friends of Cruz began to gather on the street, and they occasionally broke out in loud sobs.

"The guy was wonderful to us. He was a great neighbor. Everybody liked him," said Terry Calvillo, a neighbor and friend who lives across the street.  "Spending all day with him yesterday -- it's unbelievable how one minute you could be here and the next minute, gone."

Both Calvillo and police said that Cruz had spent at least part of Sunday drinking with friends in his home. Police are still investigating whether that contributed to his death.

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