Mother remembers fatally stabbed son as ‘happy person, willing to help others’

Christopher Olivarez, 40, was found unresponsive in a yard on the Southwest Side; police find his stolen vehicle

SAN ANTONIO – A grieving family and the San Antonio Police Department are both asking for help in tracking down whoever killed a Southwest Side man and stole his Lexus this weekend.

Christopher Olivarez, 40, was found unresponsive at 7:43 a.m. Saturday, in the 300 block of Kirk Place, near Garland Street on the Southwest Side. Police said Olivarez was lying in a yard, unresponsive, with what appeared to be stab wounds.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy later confirmed he had been stabbed.

Olivarez’s death has devastated his mother, Mary Coronado, who remembers her son as a “happy person.”

Outgoing, helpful, joyful, always willing to help others and have friends and family around. That’s my son,” Coronado said.

His killing, she said, “has torn me up, and I want justice for my son.”

Flowers and candles have piled up on Olivarez’s porch, where Joe Gomez and Daniel Vazquez stopped by Tuesday afternoon to pay their respects to their friend who always had time for them.

“You got a problem, he’d be there to talk to you,” Gomez said. “He’d be that open ear to listen.”

“We just needed to say goodbye even though we never had a chance to see him again,” Vazquez said.

Police believe Olivarez had stumbled from his home to the neighbor’s yard, possibly looking for help, before he collapsed.

Police initially said that officers found a dog near the man but no witnesses. The dog was taken in by Animal Care Services.

Detectives believe whoever stabbed Olivarez stole his 2014, four-door white Lexus IS, which police said was recovered Tuesday afternoon and was being processed for evidence.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to contact SAPD’s homicide unit at 210-207-7635.

According to News 4 San Antonio, Olivarez worked as an account executive at the Sinclair stations from 2012-2016. His LinkedIn profile shows that he was most recently employed as an account executive with KCWX.

Family and friends are holding a vigil at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Olivarez’s home.

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Garrett Brnger is a reporter with KSAT 12.