San Antonio police follow new lead in Southwest Side murder case

Christopher Olivarez, 40, was killed on Sept. 25

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are asking for the public’s help to identify a person of interest in a murder that happened on Sept. 25 on the Southwest Side.

An unidentified male was caught on surveillance video leaving the home of victim Christopher Olivarez, 40, in the 300 block of Kirk Place the day of the murder.

Police say officers were dispatched to the home for an injured/sick person call around 7:43 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. When they arrived, they found Olivarez with trauma wounds on his body, and he was pronounced dead. An autopsy later revealed he had been stabbed.

A neighbor who did not want to be identified said he was shocked to see Olivarez’s body near his home.

“He was so bloodied, beaten, bruised, swollen, purple -- I couldn’t identify him,” the neighbor said. “I just feel so bad that he came to my aid and I couldn’t help him. When you wake up in the morning and you see a deceased person in your front yard, you’re like, ‘Oh, my god!’ And then knowing he’s your neighbor -- oh my god!”

Officers who were investigating located the crime scene nearby. They say the suspect drove off in the victim’s vehicle, which was found days later outside of the city.

Anyone with information about the person of interest or the crime is asked to call SAPD’s Homicide Unit at 210-207-7635 and reference case number SAPD21190351.

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Ivan Herrera has worked as a journalist in San Antonio since 2016. His work for KSAT 12 and KSAT.com includes breaking news, COVID-19 coverage, personal finance stories on the "Money: It's Personal" series, as well as producing Q&As and content for the "South Texas Pride" series.

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