Police had not released the victim’s identity Friday, but the Journal has learned that he was Ethaan Boyer, 34.
Authorities were not providing much information on what happened, but police Capt. Aric Wheeler did say the victim “may have interrupted a burglary” and was killed after that.
No suspect has been identified, and the assailant remained at large as of late Friday. This is the first murder case inside city limits this year.
Boyer was killed inside a home he shared with his girlfriend, in the 1100 block of West Alameda Street. She was not home at the time of the killing. Wheeler said that a woman called 911 to report finding his body just after 5 p.m.
Boyer ran his own business, Binky Design LLC, and worked as an art director for Licked Magazine, according to his Facebook page. Boyer also worked as a screen printer and instructor at Warehouse 21, a local youth nonprofit center. Boyer had lived in Oakland and attended the University of California at Berkeley before moving to Santa Fe.
“He was a fantastic guy,” said Susan Hopp, a friend who has known Boyer for about six years. “He was funny and friendly and very caring.”
Hopp and her husband, Derek, own the home that Boyer and his girlfriend were renting.
“They’re just kind and giving and loving people,” Hopp said outside the home Friday afternoon. “They’re always there for you, just rare people.”
Anna Gallegos y Reinhardt, Warehouse 21 executive director, expressed deep sadness over Boyer’s death. “I’m very, very upset about this whole situation,” she said. “I’m just devastated.”
Wheeler was mum on details of what may have happened, such as how Boyer died or whether a murder weapon had been found.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal