Early on the morning of June 10th, SFPD officers responded to a call about a small brush fire at Buena Vista Park. When they arrived, they were treated to a grisly scene--the badly burned body of Freddy Roberto Canul-Arguello smoldering in a blue recycling bin in a corner of the park.
Last week, police arrested David Diaz in conjunction the case. And now, the Public Defender's Office has an explanation as to what happened: Canul-Arguello died while having sex with Diaz.
The Chronicle reports:
Alex Lilien, an attorney in the public defender's office, said he believes the two men went to Buena Vista Park in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood for sex after having a few drinks at a bar at Castro and Market streets.
"I believe it was a terrible accident and some form of erotic asphyxiation," Lilien said outside the courtroom. "Mr. Diaz then panicked and set a garbage can on fire."
Diaz allegedly met Canul-Arguello in a Castro-area bar and then two went to Buena Vista Park for sex, where something went terribly wrong.
Canul-Arguello immigrated from Mexico four years ago. He worked Pi Bar in the Mission and regularly performed in drag shows.
The Bay Citizen reports:
In addition to the felony counts of murder and robbery, Diaz has also been charged with one felony count of arson of a recycling bin and one felony count of mutilating/maiming/disfiguring a body, as Canul-Arguello's body was left either in or near a garbage receptacle. Diaz is also charged with one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence
Diaz is currently being held on $1 million bail.