Friend: Girlfriend tried, couldn’t reach murder victim
Saul Botello Abrimz’s girlfriend apparently had tried much of Wednesday to reach him.
So she asked a friend to check on him.
That evening, about 6:19, the friend called 911 to report that she had discovered the 31-year-old man sitting on his bathroom floor. The lights were on inside and she could see him through the window.
“There’s a lot of blood,” she said, according to the recording released on Friday.
“Were you able to talk to him at all?” the operator asked.
“No, I didn’t,” the caller said. “I called his name, but he didn’t answer.”
She said that her children were in the car, waiting for her.
“Is he awake?” the operator asked.
“I don’t think he is,” the caller said.
“Is he breathing?”
“I don’t know,” the caller said. “I didn’t go all the way in. I’m so scared. I don’t want to go in there.”
Eventually, the operator urged the caller to do just that, telling her to go inside so she could get “right by him.”
Reluctantly, the caller did so.
“I want you to lay him flat on his back,” the operator said, suggesting that the caller move him from a sitting position “all the way down to the floor.”
“Oh, my God, I don’t want to touch him,” the caller said.
The operator told her to “take some deep breaths” and said it was okay for her to leave the house. Paramedics and deputies would arrive soon after.
On Thursday, Durham County Sheriff’s Deputies had to enlist the help of the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh to identify Abrimz, whose murder has been characterized as possibly drug-related.
No arrests had been made in the case on Friday. However, Deputy Paul Sherwin, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said investigators were pursuing leads, such as contacting patrons at El Palenque on Chapel Hill Road that Abrimz apparently liked to frequent.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 919-560-0880 or the sheriff’s crime tip line at 919-560-7151.
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