Slaying of SAMA employee ‘a shock’
Robert Esparza, 68, often made his presence felt around his family and co-workers at the San Antonio Museum of Art with his corny jokes and upbeat attitude.
“He knew every dad joke in the book,” said Robby Esparza, his 36-year-old son. “I even apologized to his co-workers for all the bad jokes.”
On Oct. 15, his co-workers realized that presence was missing.
Robert Esparza, the security supervisor at the museum and a familiar face for visitors, hadn’t shown up for work, which was unusual.
Knowing he had a heart problem, the co-workers visited his home to see if something was wrong.
Inside Robert Esparza’s home in the 300 block of West Harding, they found the front door unlocked, the home ravaged, and Robert Esparza lying lifeless in the back bedroom. The death was a ruled a homicide.
“I knew he had heart issues, so when I first got the call that was my first assumption,” said Gilbert Campos, 45, Robert Esparza’s other son. “When I got there and saw the yellow tape, I just blacked out.”
The news devastated the family, who knew Robert Esparza was beloved by everyone who knew him.
“Everything was just a shock,” Robby Esparza said.
The family, who laid Robert Esparza to rest last week, have intentionally stayed in the dark on the details of his death.
They are choosing to remember how he lived his life instead, as a mentor, a volunteer with the San Antonio Metropolitan Ministry and a man who would go out of his way to help those he loved.
“It preserves his memory to us,” Robby Esparza said. “Not only that, but we respect the police department and the detectives working on the case.”
After Robert Esparza was found dead, San Antonio police quickly began searching for two cars belonging to him that were missing.
They found one of the cars, a Toyota Tacoma, the next day on the East Side. The discovery led to the arrest of Benito Menesess, 47. that were sent in advance to voters overseas or serving in the military. Those must be returned by 5 p.m. Tuesday. The 16 counties that provided figures to the Express-News are waiting for a total of 357 overseas or military ballots. It’s anyone’s guess how many will be returned.
At the Bexar County Commissioners Court on Friday morning, campaign staffers for Jones lambasted Callanen, the county’s
He is charged with murder.
Another vehicle, a black 2012 Chevrolet Equinox with license plate number KNC3310, remains missing.
The family hopes anyone with information about Robert Esparza’s death will come forward and help bring his killers to justice.
“If this was happening to you, wouldn’t you hope someone would say something?” Robby Esparza said. “Even if it’s a little piece of information, that would election administrator, for her refusal to release a list of voters who cast provisional ballots.
Kristian Carranca Thompson, a field director for Jones, said the campaign wanted to inform those voters that they needed to “cure” their ballots so they would be counted.
“This is public record, so those public records should given to those who are requesting it,” she said. help out greatly.”
While police continue investigating the case, the Esparza family is working on moving forward and growing closer.
“No matter what, nothing is ever going to bring him back. I’m always going to have this hole in my heart,” Campos said. “If anything, I think it’s brought the entire family closer.” now?” Price asked the court, crying and lifting a box of paperwork. “You’re taking away the only person I trust to deal with my claim, that’s about $500,000 in retroactive pay that I’m about to lose if you mess this up.”
Later, Wolff said that was exactly why the county has expanded its services.
“The veteran who spoke earlier is a perfect example of why this county is more than doubling its investment in how it serves veterans,” Wolff said from the dais. “This is not about any one individual in any one job. This is about providing better service to our veterans and their families. It’s unfortunate that individuals have tried and will continue to try to politicize something like this. I apologize to the community for that.”
Calvert asked whether Rodriguez could be hired as a consultant to continue handling Price’s and other claims. The commissioners said they wouldn’t have a problem with that, but it would be up to Rolirad.
Taylor said the lists of provisional voters do not become public until the county’s early voting ballot board has completed its tally of provisional votes. In Bexar County, the board hasn’t finished.
“They’re asking me to break the law, and I’m not going to do it,” Callanen said.
The voters should already have been notified, said Taylor of the secretary of state’s office. When those who didn’t bring acceptable ID cast a provisional ballot, they’re given a written notice that they must return to verify their identity, he said.
The final results of the election likely will be determined by the last week in November, Taylor said.
Noelle Rosellini, Jones’ campaign manager, said election officials should be working as hard as they can to get the votes counted.
“It’s absurd and unfortunate that they’re not doing that right now,” she said. “We hope that they’ll release the information before the deadline so all ballots can be counted.”
Rosellini also said Democratic Party lawyers sent Callanen a letter challenging her statements about which ballots can be cured — election officials have said only those from voters who didn’t satisfy ID requirements can be cured by the voters.
Taylor said Callanen has been correctly interpreting the law.
Robert Esparza, 68, was killed on Oct. 15 in his home during an apparent robbery.
The campaign of U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, speaking on election night, said it doesn’t think that the outstanding ballots in his race will result in him losing his seat in Congressional District 23.