Double Homicide at Manheim San Francisco Bay
HAYWARD, Calif. — In what is being called a double homicide, two men — including one Manheim employee — were killed this week outside of Manheim San Francisco Bay, The Oakland Tribune reported.
Apparently, close to 5:30 Tuesday morning, someone called police about a possible hit-and-run victim at the auction.
A security guard — which Manheim confirmed to Auto Remarketing was Angelito Erasquin — was then discovered outside the gate by police, who pronounced him dead at the scene.
As law enforcement searched the area, a deceased man — apparently a transport driver — was found in the parking lot.
When reached by Auto Remarketing for comment Wednesday, Manheim officials expressed their grief and condolences.
"Our company and our team at Manheim San Francisco Bay experienced a terrible tragedy yesterday that involved the death of one of our employees and an individual transporting a vehicle. We can confirm that Mr. Angelito Erasquin, a security guard since 2002 at Manheim San Francisco Bay, was killed during the incident," the company said in a statement.
"He was a valued and dedicated worker who will be sadly missed," they added. "The Manheim San Francisco team is gathering to determine the best way we can offer our support to Mr. Erasquin's family."
Manheim is providing grief counselors for employees and said the company is cooperating fully with investigators. Company officials said they were asked by Hayward Police to refer inquiries to the police.
"Because this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot provide further information about the second victim or the status of the investigation," Manheim stressed. "In response to (Tuesday's) incident, we are taking heightened measures to protect our people and our property."
Looking deeper into the investigation, Hayward police did not say officially what caused the two men's deaths, nor did they release any descriptions of possible suspects or a motive.
"There is nothing to indicate that the victims did anything to contribute to their murder," Lt. Chris Orrey of the Hayward Police Department was quoted as saying by the newspaper, adding that robbery hasn't been eliminated as a possible motive.
After the bodies were found, law enforcement officials and police dogs searched the lot for suspects but came up empty.