Police: Slain man was victim of battery

Police: Slain man was victim of battery

There are 80 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Sep 14, 2009, titled Police: Slain man was victim of battery. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

A 44-year-old man who died after he was found lying on a median downtown during the Fiesta celebrations Friday was not "beaten," police said Monday.

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#1 Sep 14, 2009
who is trying to make this look less than it is and why?
el local

Santa Fe, NM

#3 Sep 14, 2009
I thought you said you'd quit drinking...?
R Warren

Boca Raton, FL

#4 Sep 15, 2009
wouldn't want the tourista's to get the wrong impression of Santa FE. Cover it up! Deny what happened. Instruct the employees to lie. Seems a hotel needs a new manager, fast! A man is dead! Could it be that the hotel "security" did the hitting?
Europe is Watching

Niedernhausen, Germany

#5 Sep 15, 2009
I was born and raised in Santa Fe and now live in Europe and although it has been 5 years since I have been Home to see my family and friends I remember why I left and how things will never change.This is just another gay bashing which the city wants to cover up, yes I knew Gilbert and he was a friend and I hope they find the person/people responsible and let them rot in prison forever.

Memphis, TN

#7 Sep 15, 2009
Does not appear to be random or robbery

Ludlow, MA

#8 Sep 15, 2009
The cultural reasons for a macho
culture are several, especially
for one arrested in the 17th

Powhatan Point, OH

#9 Sep 15, 2009
seems to me that the SFPD is trying to lessen the impact of the BEATING that Mr. Roybal suffered and I think the reason may be because they have a very good idea of who did this horrible act and like always the doer is someone who is related to someone blah blah blah.

Las Cruces, NM

#10 Sep 15, 2009
If his death was due to his sexuality, which I suspect it is, they will put this on the backburner. I lost a dear friend 10yrs ago. He was murdered. Hate crime. And it is still burning on the burner. This society has a long way to go. Must I say more the sfpd........... what a joke they are. May you rest in peace Mr. Roybal and my heart goes out to the family...
Patricia Bellia-Santa Fe

Santa Fe, NM

#11 Sep 15, 2009
This horrible crime against our brother Gilbert must be solved, and quickly. I agree with so many that there must be more witnesses. I implore them to come forward with ANY information.
I must say that it is touching to see the heartfelt tributes left for Gilbert at Ancient Spirits.
Santa Fe has shown a huge amount of compassion for Gilbert.
May I suggest that those that are not already designated as organ donors, register in Gilberts' honor.
This is a man that kept giving and sharing even after his untimely death. May we follow his example.
It is heartwarming to see Santa Fes' citizens stand in unison.
To my fellow Santa Feans, friends of Gilbert. Thank You all.
God Speed to all of you.

United States

#12 Sep 15, 2009
On Saturday morning, Eldorado employees privately admitted seeing Roybal beaten on tape from the night before.

I was in charge of a group of 300 in the hotel. I was told by a local on Saturday that someone had died in the hotel Friday night. When I confronted hotel management to make sure it was not a member of my group, I was told the dead man was a local who was fighting in front of the front desk. Security was called and the people fighting were removed from the premises and that the man died later.

I phoned the detective Sunday morning after reading the conflicting report in the paper - he has never called me back. My coworker met Gilbert the day before. She ran into him in the Eldorado bar at 8 pm on Friday. She is the last known person to see Gilbert alive. She has called the detective twice and he has yet to return her call.

I find this all very telling.

Santa Fe, NM

#15 Sep 15, 2009
PLEASE!!! Keep calling! This fallen angel's death cannot be left to the media to lessen. We have all gotten into arguements but NoOne deserves to die like that. Thanks for your efforts!!!

Albuquerque, NM

#16 Sep 15, 2009
Sounds like lawyer-speak to me. I bet they got this guy, he lawyerd up, and these "corrections" are part of the surrender.
Is there any sort of public memorial?

Albuquerque, NM

#18 Sep 15, 2009
Alfred Matter is lying to protect himself. How does he know Gilbert was in the hotel? Probably because he was there drinking as usual. Now he is going to try to protect his job and cover up what really happened. How very sad all the way around.

I am so sorry to the Roybal family that so many cowards out there won't just do the right thing. My condolences on the loss of your family member.

Las Vegas, NM

#19 Sep 15, 2009
is there a difference? was this a hate crime?
I too

Albuquerque, NM

#21 Sep 15, 2009
witnessed the attack on Mr. Roybal. I have contacted the police and have not been contacted again for a formal statement. He was not "found" in the street. He was struck and went down to the ground from the blow. There are a number of other people that witnessed the attack (some on foot, and some in cars). I wonder how many more people have come forward. Why have all of these witnesses been contacted, shown surveillance tapes from the hotel, gotten more information, been able to offer more information?

Albuquerque, NM

#22 Sep 15, 2009
wheeler is a joke wrote:
The in-effectiveness of wheeler and the department to protect the citizens, what a joke
your own blog to trash the chief or better yet, transfer to another department where your unique insights would be appreciated.

If this started in the hotel, are you suggesting they should have been patroling the dance floor?
Buzz Saw

Kingston, Canada

#23 Sep 15, 2009
What is it about Santa Fe? Is there something in the water? There is aura of madness around everything and everybody when something evil happens that those in certain positions seem to feel they must lie, hide, leave or otherwise ignore. Frustration? Santa Fe those that love you are weeping.

Powhatan Point, OH

#24 Sep 15, 2009
start wrote:
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your own blog to trash the chief or better yet, transfer to another department where your unique insights would be appreciated.
If this started in the hotel, are you suggesting they should have been patroling the dance floor?
why are you defending the absolute ineptitude of the SFPD in the lack of investigation of this matter. There are all kinds of people coming forward right here on this thread saying I saw what happened and I called the police and they WILL NOT CALL ME BACK. The hotel staff know who was fighting in the lobby and I would hope they gave that info to the cops as well. IF I was a member of Mr. Roybal's family I would DEMAND that the NM State Police & the NM Dept of Law Enforcement take over the investigation as it looks like the SFPD are hiding something.
Very Concerned

Los Alamos, NM

#28 Sep 15, 2009
The conflicting "eyewitness" accounts are very troubling.

Even more troubling: Why has NO PUBLIC OFFICIAL spoken about this crime? Where is our Mayor, where is our City Council? Is there NO ONE to speak to the community; to voice concern; to reassure? NO ONE to step up?

This crime is the talk of the town, on streetcorners, in the post office, and in homes across the City. Thge citizens of Santa Fe should demand more of their "leaders", or we are all doomed to repeat these sensless attacks, crimes, and disregard for the community.

Albuquerque, NM

#29 Sep 15, 2009
I phoned the police Sunday about some information and received a phone call that very evening.

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