AUSTIN (KXAN) - Close friends of an Austin man found dead in his condo remembered him as an intelligent person who did not take unnecessary chances
him. Police found 36-year-old David Villarreal dead in his downtown condo late Monday night.
"He's a very safe, cautious person," said friend Bradley Barmer. "It just doesn't make any sense that this would ever happen to him."
Friends of Villarreal still can't believe a Friday night out was the last they'd see of him.
"He was an intelligent person, and he wouldn't put himself in harm," said another friend, Aaron Coronado.
Surveillance video released Wednesday could help lead police to a suspect. It shows Villarreal coming home to his condo with a man. Nothing seems wrong, but no one would see Villarreal alive again.
Around 2 a.m. Saturday, the man who was with Villarreal is seen leaving the condo alone and leaving in a red car. Monday night, police discovered Villarreal dead in his condo. Police haven't said what they found inside the apartment, leaving friends with many questions.
"I want to know if there was anything taken," Barmer said. "I want to know if he was targeted for any specific reason."
Barmer and Coronado say they'll forever remember David for his smarts and wits about him.
"Smartest person I knew, by leaps and bounds," Barmer said, "If you ever had a question, you never went to Wikipedia, you just went to David."
"I looked up to him," Coronado said. "I asked him everything about my relationships, to what kind of car I'm going to buy. He was just good to be around; always offered the first kind word."
Villarreal had a Masters degree from Stanford University and lived in a high-rise condo of his own in downtown Austin. He was devoted to friends and family. Loved ones said he was living the American dream, and life was cut short.
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