Christian Quezada, 36, was found beaten to death on the island of Playa Negra in Puerto Rico. Now his family is speaking out, hoping for answers and justice.
The Texas man was vacationing in Puerto Rico and was planning to come home to attend his father’s funeral. His body was found on the beach Sunday morning by another tourist. He was badly beaten and it was his sister, Cynthia Quezada, who flew down to identify the body.
“We are dying inside. I want whoever did this to my brother to pay for it,” Quezada said.
The man’s body had injuries to his torso, head, and rib cage and he was found naked on the beach. The police in Puerto Rico have identified a person of interest, but no arrests have been made as of Friday morning.
The family’s GoFundMe page gives a more detailed look at the injuries Christian sustained in his last moments of life. His family wrote that “the back of his head [was] severely beaten with a possibility of concussion, the back of his torso was severely bruised turning its color almost to black and showing various physical marks, and the side of his ribcage clearly showed more beating with another high number of bruises.”
During her time in Puerto Rico, his sister retraced her brother’s footsteps on the island hoping it would give answers. Based on all the information they’ve received, the family believes that it was foul play. “This was not an accident,” Cynthia said. “I saw the pictures. I saw the place. That was a very touristic place… I knew that I had to do something. I couldn’t just be devastated and not do anything.”
The family is pleading to the public, their friends, and Puerto Rican authorities to look into Christian Quezada’s death. They are also asking anyone with information that might shed light on the circumstances of the crime to come forward.
Cynthia Quezada said the last time she heard from her brother was on Friday. The family discussed that he wouldn’t come home until Monday for the funeral. When she tried to call him on Saturday – before his body was discovered – she received no answer.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page hoping the money raised will help with the investigation. The funds will also be used to recover his body from Puerto Rican authorities and to cover funeral costs. Nearly $5,000 has been raised so far for the cause.
Christian Quezada was described as loving and well-liked by those who knew him. He became the main caretaker for his father after the man suffered a stroke 18 months ago. The Quezada family is close-knit, and they are devastated by two deaths in such a short amount of time. Christian’s father died just two weeks ago.
A joint funeral for both Christian and his father is being planned by the family. The funeral is set for August and will be at Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Plano, Texas.