Authorities ID man beaten to death with shovel

January 3, 2011 4:42:23 AM PST
Authorities have identified a man beaten to death with a shovel in a San Antonio apartment as Jesse Ramirez. The Bexar County medical examiner's office says Ramirez was 33 years old.

The San Antonio Express-News reports Sunday that Ramirez was visiting a woman in her apartment Thursday morning when another man kicked in the door and began arguing with her.

Police say the angry man was 33-year-old Gabriel Reyes Castillo or just Gabriel Reyes.

Ramirez intervened to protect the woman and punched the man in the face.

Police say the man left only to return with a shovel that he beat Ramirez in the head with.

Ramirez' lifeless body was found sprawled on the sidewalk in front of the apartment.

Police have issued a murder warrant for Castillo.