Memphis police say they located the missing SUV involved in University of Memphis student Aaron Vasquez's murder at El Toro Loco March 23. They found his 1998 Toyota RAV4 at the restaurant.
Police received information at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday that the vehicle was found at El Toro Loco. No one was inside the vehicle. Before the SUV's return, police have been searching for it for the last two days.
Police say they do not have any suspects in custody.
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Investigators will conduct their investigation as they deem necessary, police officials say, adding that the returned RAV4 will most likely be processed for evidence.
This all comes the night of a remembrance for the 19-year-old at El Toro Loco, where classmates and customers took up a collection and passed around a book to write their memories of Vasquez for his family.
Daniel Strain, a regular customer at El Toro Loco, says the first time he met Vasquez he simply said, "Welcome to El Toro Loco," but it was his contagious, genuine smile that Strain says made him instantly like Vasquez.
"Heart of gold the size of Texas; brain the size of Alaska," says Strain. He says Vasquez once discussed school with Strain; he says, "His exact words were, 'I'm going to quit here and I'm going back to school; I'm going to continue school, focus more on that.' You just don't see kids like that everyday."
A University of Memphis Communications student, honors program student, guitarist in a local band, employee at El Toro Loco: classmates say his ability to work hard juggling it all, all while helping others, inspired them.
"He's made me strive to become a better person," says St. Benedict classmate Erin Gregory, "He's just a genuine person, most humble person I've ever met, and I'd do anything to see him again."
Memphis police earlier released surveillance video from a Kroger grocery store nearby El Toro Loco at Quince and Kirby in hopes of catching a homicide suspect, but investigators will not say if the man in the surveillance is related to Mr. Vasquez's murder.
Strain, who lives not far from El Toro Loco is praising the police in their investigation, saying, "The Memphis police have done a stellar job with visibility around here: They have kept this place locked down, they have shown their face, they are very well-mannered, very professional."
Vasquez, 19, was stabbed to death while taking out the trash behind El Toro Loco on March 23.
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