‘It’s all about money, really,’ says lawyer for wife
The Anhangs believeMs. Vasquez fled to Italy after themurder.
“You expect that if your husband or your wife gets killed, that you would be leading all the efforts to find out who killed your husband or your wife.
“That would be the logical thing,” said Luis. G. Rullan, the lawyer representing Mr. Anhang’s parents. “What she did was exactly the opposite. She fled.”
Their lawsuit also claims Mr. Anhang was “misled” about the terms of the couple’s prenuptial agreement. The document overestimated Mr. Anhang’s worth at close to US$25-million, saidMr. Rullan, who declined to provide further details about Mr. Anhang’s finances.
The allegations against Ms. Vasquez have not been proven in court and she is not facing criminal charges. Luis R. Rivera, the lawyer representing Ms. Vasquez in her claim against the Anhangs, says she was not involved in her husband’s murder.
“She almost got killed herself,” Mr. Rivera said. Mr. Anhang’s parents are trying to prevent her from inheriting a share of his estate. “It’s all about money, really.”
The tourist district of Old San Juan is so closely monitored by police that it would not be a good place to stage a murder, Mr. Rivera added.
Mr. Anhang’s career took him around the world. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and went on an exotic scuba diving trip nearly every year. After graduating from the prestigious Wharton School of Business in Pennsylvania, he worked for real estate firms in New York, then struck out on his own, acting as a consultant to turn around companies in trouble.
“Adam was born to be a businessman. He brought a briefcase with him to kindergarten,” his younger sister, Becky Anhang Price, said during her eulogy.
“He ran his own business selling greeting cards out of his university dorm room.”
While living in New York in 1997, he married a classmate, but the union was short-lived because his first wife was unfaithful, said Roberto M. Cacho, the young entrepreneur’s friend and business partner in Puerto Rico.
Mr. Anhang moved to Puerto Rico in 2004 to be closer to his multimilliondollar real estate dealings there. He met Ms. Vasquez while he was in a bar with Mr. Cacho.
Ms. Vasquez had lived in San Juan’s projects and was once a contestant in theMiss Puerto Rico Petite competition.
Mr. Cacho said Mr. Anhang “desperately wanted to be loved” and did not know what he was getting himself into.
“She was definitely looking for someone like Adam to take over her problems, which were all financial in nature,” Mr. Cacho said.
“He accepted that role from the very beginning.”
The couple were married in front of a judge in March, 2005. But according to court documents filed by Mr. Anhang’s family, their relationship soured within a month because he learned his wife had been unfaithful and that he had been misled about the prenuptial agreement.
Indeed, Mr. Anhang did not reveal his marriage to some of his close friends, said Yoav Leeran, a Wharton classmate living in Tel Aviv.
“I did not know that they were married until he was murdered. He kept it to himself, even though we spoke after he married her, apparently,” Mr. Leeran said. “My explanation is I guess he understood the mistake he made the minute hemade it.”
Mr. Anhang spent six months trying to negotiate the terms of their divorce. Ms. Vasquez demanded her husband purchase the US$1.3-million home they rented in an exclusive San Juan neighbourhood and give it to her, Mr. Anhang’s parents claim.
For her part, Ms. Vasquez alleges she is entitled to 50% of Mr. Anhang’s capital. She is also demanding US$3,500 a month in support payments, as well as US$3,000 a month for medical expenses. Ms. Vasquez claims she was so committed to her husband that she was studying Judaism in order to convert to his family’s religion. His parents, however, dispute that claim.
The victim’s friend, Mr. Leeran, says he hopes justice will prevail.
“In a very unique way, he affected the lives of people who knew him,” Mr. Leeran said.
“He was a pretty young guy who hung around powerful, talented, significant people, and still proved to the people around him that being humane and very professional could coexist.”