LPD says ‘no indication at this time’ that Cypress Ramos’ murder was a hate crime | KLBK | KAMC

LUBBOCK, Texas — The Lubbock Police Department said Thursday there was “no indication” the killing of 21-year-old Cypress Ramos was a hate crime.

Ramos, who was a member of the LGBTQIA community, was found dead in a warehouse on Saturday morning after a fire was reported there.

Allan Montemayor, 32, was arrested for murder and incarcerated in the Lubbock County Detention Center. According to an arrest warrant, Montemayor said a song told him to kill Ramos.

LPD said the two knew each other and said they had not received any information that Ramos’ death was a hate crime.

Texas Tech University addressed Ramos’ death in a letter Tuesday and said it condemned “all acts of bias and hatred” and tied it to resources the university offers to help LGBTQIA students.

Here is a statement from LPD:

The Lubbock Police Department’s Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit is continuing its investigation into the death of 21-year-old Cypress Ramos and wishes to provide additional information to the public regarding the circumstances surrounding Ramos’ death.

Lubbock Police were called to assist Lubbock Fire Rescue at 11:26 a.m. on February 12, in the 2700 block of North Frankford Avenue after firefighters located a dead body while responding to a call for a fire there .

Upon arrival, officers located Ramos in an on-site storage unit.

During the initial investigation, detectives were able to locate a suspect, Allan Montemayor, 32. After further investigation, METRO Unit members were able to obtain a murder warrant for Montemayor, who is incarcerated in the Lubbock County Detention Center.

Throughout the investigation process, detectives received no information that Ramos’ death was a hate crime.

Ramos and Montemayor knew each other before Saturday and knew each other.

The Lubbock Police Department understands that often theories can circulate, but we would like to reiterate that there is no indication at this time to believe this was a hate crime targeting the community. LGBTQIA+.

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