El Toro Loco Manager Tried Saving Stabbed Employee

El Toro Loco Manager Tried Saving Stabbed Employee

The last moments with the murdered teen will be forever ingrained in mind and heart of the man who tried to save him.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The last moments with the murdered teen will be forever ingrained in mind and heart of the man who tried to save him. Aaron Vasquez, 19, was stabbed early Saturday morning while taking out the trash behind El Toro Loco in east Memphis. Police were questioning a possible suspect Wednesday night but no one's been charged with Vasquez's murder. Aaron's manager was working with him that fatal night. He tried to give him CPR but it was too late.

"One of the workers from the bar went to the back to the kitchen and he came back out screaming, 'Call an ambulance! Call an ambulance! Aaron is on the floor!’ So I went running to the back,” said El Toro Loco Manager Camilo Alvarez.

Alvarez will never forget what he saw.

"That night I felt it could've been any of us,” he said. “It could've been me."

That's because Alvarez usually locks up after El Toro Loco on Kirby closes. It was a typical busy night until Aaron Vasquez stumbled back into the kitchen. The teen was stabbed while throwing out the trash in the alley dumpster. Alvarez says kitchen cameras captured the suspect following Vasquez into the kitchen. Alvarez says that's when the suspect finished him off, stole his wallet, watch, car and house keys. Alvarez called 911.

"They told me to check if he had a pulse and if he was still breathing and I told them I checked and I said, ‘No, send an ambulance right now!’ There was a lot of blood,” Alvarez stated.

Hours after the murder, while the family was at the restaurant with police, their house alarm went off. Nothing was stolen and neighbors didn't see anyone. Alvarez says the family is still in shock.

"The loss of their child is very tough, very tough. I just hope they can move forward and pray for them,” said Alvarez as he fought back tears.

Police say the killer took the victim's car back to the crime scene three days later. Even though Vasquez worked at El Toro Loco for only a year, he was like family.

"He was very humble, very happy, and very sociable,” said Alvarez.

Police detained a possible suspect Wednesday night. The owner of El Toro Loco told ABC24 News employees thought it was the killer. He looked just like the man in their surveillance video and we know a detective called the family to say they had a possible suspect. He was taken in and fingerprinted Wednesday night but later let go. Employees believe this was a random act of robbery and hope the killer is caught soon.

No one has been charged for the murder of Aaron Vasquez. If you have any information, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH. There is a cash reward.
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