Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Castro vigil set for man who died after outburst at Hecho bar

Abel from family

Abel Marquez (Photo: Dave Monroe)

Friends of a gay San Francisco man who died after a violent outburst at a Castro district bar are planning a vigil for him in the neighborhood Thursday night (April 27).

Abel Marquez, 36, died March 24, about two weeks after police say he entered Hecho Cantina, 2200 Market Street, broke a window, and cut himself.

Soon after police and paramedics responded to the bar, Marquez suffered cardiac arrest, according to fire department records. He was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and kept on life support until his death.

Organizers of the vigil are asking people to bring candles to the corner of 18th and Castro streets by 10 p.m. Thursday.

“Afterwards we will hit up some of Abel’s favorite drinking spots,” a friend said in a Facebook post announcing the event.

The vigil will be followed Sunday, April 30 by a celebration of life for Marquez, who was also known as Abel Florentino, at 6 p.m. at Club BNB, 2120 Broadway, Oakland.

Marquez had reportedly been drinking and using methamphetamine before the incident at Hecho, and Dave Monroe, his stepfather, is attributing Marquez’s death to the sedative Versed that paramedics apparently gave him. Monroe believes mixing the sedative with the other substances in Marquez’s system was fatal. The medical examiner’s office has not released the cause or manner of death.

A Gofundme campaign has been launched to help Marquez’s family.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 26, 2017 @ 4:53 pm PST
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