Trouble on East Broadway dates back to 1979. 26 years ago at the very same club, outside the very same building, police were called to investigate a murder they are still trying to solve. In 1979 the Sonidos night club was called Che Che Lounge. A bar frequented by 21-year-old Ramero Villar, that is until he was murdered Christmas night. Assistant Police Chief Thomas Esparza says, "He was kind of worried about his car so he went out to check on it and some of the people he was with waited 30 minutes and got worried and went out to check on him and found him laying by his car."
Ramero Viller took his last breath at the back, northwest corner of Che Che Lounge. When police arrived he was dead from a single gunshot wound to the head. Esparza explains, "He was shot above the right ear. It was a gunshot probably large caliber 38 or 9mm round."
According to the police report, Villar was at the bar with his girlfriend Anita Estrada. An ex-girlfriend was there but Villar's friends said he did not have any confrontations with anyone in the bar, male or female. Esparza says, "We didn't have a lot to work with, very sketchy, very little evidence and no witnesses. I hate to use the word cold, but it is a cold case. There's nothing new. We've had no leads in over 20 years. The case is still unsolved and we can't put it down. We won't put it down."
For Ramero's family's sake, everyone at the police department is hoping this case will be solved despite its age. If you have any information about this 26 year old case, call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000 or call Detective Doug Sutton at (806) 775-2410. Callers can remain anonymous, but police prefer you identify yourself so they can confirm the validity of information given.
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