David Villarreal

Police were still searching Thursday, July 18, for the man who killed David Villarreal, an Austin resident who lived in Dallas for several years.

Detectives released video this week of a suspect who may have killed Villarreal after the two met at a gay club. Villarreal, 36, was found dead inside his condo late Monday. Police believe he met a man at the gay club Oilcan Harry’s before heading back to his condo Saturday morning. Footage shows a man in his 20s or 30s entering the condo early Saturday, then leaving hours later. Police have not released Villarreal’s cause of death.

Although Villarreal lived in Austin, he had ties to Dallas. After attending Bishop High School in South Texas, Villarreal attended Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in Denton before later attending the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas, according to his Facebook profile.

Israel Luna met Villarreal through a mutual friend. He said they kept in touch after Villarreal moved to Austin about five years ago. The news of his death was a shock to Luna, who said Villarreal was more of the stay-at-home type than the kind of person to go out to a bar alone. He said he’ll always remember his friend’s loving personality. “He was just sort of the quiet, smiley type,” Luna recalls. “He would always just sit there and smile while watching people.”

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 19, 2013.