28 03 2008

Eastside disabled man was murdered, police confirm after autopsy

Vancouver Sun

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2008

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=4a6d9bc1-89da-4155-9aff-db6b95b72962

Vancouver – Police have confirmed that Enrique Manuel Marques, whose body was found Monday in his east Vancouver apartment, was murdered.

Earlier Wednesday, police were still listing Marques’s death as “suspicious,” but autopsy results in the afternoon confirmed that he was murdered.

Marques, 45, was a disabled man whose body was found by his mother, Maria Marques, when she went to see him at about noon. She said she found the door of his first-floor suite unlocked and panicked when he didn’t answer her call.

“I can’t sleep or eat, I always think about him. I always took care of him; his meals, his laundry, his home,” she told Global News. “I went to see him like every day … I found the door unlocked and I started to panic.

“I grabbed him, I tried to turn him around. He was still warm, but not his face… that is the most difficult thing in my mind in the night and during the day.”

Police forensic investigators were still inside Marques’s apartment Wednesday.

Marques’s sister Elizabeth Marques said the person who murdered her brother was a “coward.”

“He was definitely defenceless and that was what scares me,” she told Global. “He was alone and probably scared and knew he didn’t have a chance.”

Const. Jana McGuinness said police want to find a black Toshiba DVD-VCR (model SDV-395), missing from the victim’s apartment, located at the corner of Nanaimo and 30th Avenue.

“We’re asking for the public’s help in finding this item that we believe could have been bartered, sold or found after March 24,” McGuinness said.

If someone has acquired the item, McGuinness stressed investigators are only concerned with investigating Marques’s death, not with other issues that could be associated with simple possession of the item.

Anyone with information on the DVD player is asked to call the VPD homicide squad at 604-717-2500 or CrimeStoppers.

The death is Vancouver’s ninth homicide of the year.

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