Man Found Dead Inside Mission Hotel Room

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A 34-year-old resident was found dead this morning inside of his room at the Mission Hotel.

The hotel manager was doing a routine pest control inspection at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Mission Hotel at 520 South Van Ness Ave. when he found the victim. Williams said the victim was found laying in his bed.

Authorities are treating death of the man inside Mission Hotel as “suspicious,” according to Sgt. Wilfred Williams, public information officer with the San Francisco Police Department.

The department’s homicide unit is investigating the death, he said.

Charles Cecil, an investigator with the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office, identified the victim as 34-year-old San Francisco resident Rodney Curiel. Cecil said the exact cause of death has not been determined.

The resident, who spoke to Mission Local on the condition that his name not be used, said the victim had been living in the single resident occupancy hotel for five-to-six months.

“He was acting funny, strange lately,” said the 55-year-old resident, who said the victim “was into drugs.”

The last time the resident had seen the victim was two-to-three days ago, he said, adding that police have been viewing surveillance videotapes of hallways to determine the times and dates the victim entered and exited his room.

Update: An autopsy determined that Curiel was strangled.

Correction: This story initially reported that the victim was 25 years old. He was 34.

19 Comments

  1. Lara

    I think the fact that you started your article by saying a drug user was found dead, was in very bad taste. You could have just said a 34 year old man was found dead in his room by manager. There was no reason for the drug user part. Did it not occur to you that he may have a family out there? I just think there is no reason to identify a person that way, especially when it is hear say. The fact that a man died was what was important. Have some respect for the family. If you wanted to bring up the drugs, the end where you brought it up was all that was needed.

  2. Hi Lara, you are right in that was an unnecessary detail to put so high up in a story. The post has been amended to reflect that.

  3. Zion

    Thank you Lara for your comment. I am the family of the deceased, and it was obvious there was no consideration for us with the way this website reported this story. It’s a shame the drugs needed to be mention at all, due to the fact it was only hear say, from a stranger!

  4. CORI

    I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH RODNEY AT NAPA HIGH AND HE WILL BE REMEBERED TO ME AS A FUN ,LOVING ,OUTGOING PERSON .WHO KNEW EVERYONE ,AND CERTAINLY LEFT HIS MARK IN NAPA .EVERYONE ENJOYED HIS PRESSENCE .PEOPLE ALWAYS MAKE BAD CHOICES ,WE ARE HUMAN . BUT NO ONE DESERVES TO BE UNNAMED,BUT LABELED LIKE THAT .SO TELL ME WHEN DID WE MAKE IT OK FOR THE MEDIA TO LET SOME ONE DIE IN VAIN LIKE THAT? HAVE A FLIPPING HEART , ONE DAY IT WILL BE YOUR LOVE ONE !

  5. Rich

    I think this was poorly written and in bad taste. As a friend of the deceased I would think that you would check facts and report this on facts alone and not speculation as mentioned by Zion’s post from a 55 year old stranger.

  6. jeff

    I knew Rodney and he was a good person. He was not a drug addict. You should be ashamed of yourself for printing false information about someone you didn’t know or even researched.

  7. Billie

    I would like to give our deepest condolances to Rodney Curiel family we to lost our niece mariah qualls on dec 9 in SF she to was a victim of homicide and they also report that she was into drugs with out getting the fact straight and there was a lot of people in the hotel and no one nose anything. that is so strange how people can turn there heads and not repect human life that these are people family children loved one and they hold the key to the puzzle. Our prayers are with you.. Qualls family

  8. Linnea [L.B.]

    I also would like to extend my sincerest sympathy to Rodneys family. Rodney was a sweet kind loving caring tender individual-He loved life and he loved his family very very much. I feel lucky and honored to have had him in my life. In the short year I knew him we had some of the best times I ever had-he made me laugh so much!! Who would do something like this and why?? Someone has to know something!! He may have had his faults but can anyone really say that they don’t? His life is and was worth something-If who ever did this didn’t like him why not just not interact with him-he didn’t deserve to have his life taken!! This is all so unreal to me-it’s breaking my heart. His loss is devastating to me, as I’m sure it is to his family.I doubt I’ll ever meet another person like Rodney, he was one unique individual. I will miss him so much!!

  9. Big Jim

    I knew Rodney on a social level. I was a bouncer at a Lounge in Napa that Rodney used to frequent with his friends, and I have to say that he was a pertty cool and respectful kid! Never did I suspect that he was on drugs. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. I am truly shocked about this so I can only imagine how those that are close to him are affected. Shame on Rosa Ramirez,the reporter for prefacing this article the way that she did and shame on the editor’s for running this story without proofing it first. If you did proof it, shame on whatever educational institution that gave you a degree in journalism!

  10. Jerry Taylor

    Rodney was troubled as most of us are. I spent time with him 2 weeks ago and he was fighting some personal demons I had hoped he had gotten rid of. I am shocked, grief stricken and distraught that Rodney should end up like this. He was a wonderful, loving spirit and that part of him as commented by many others here came through. My prayer is for his eternal resting soul, family, friends, the police in arresting and prosecuting this vermin responsible regardless of whatever circumstances. Rodney I Love You…Jerry`

  11. kr. steele

    haven’t seen rodney in years. didnt know him too well.when he was around i had a permanent smile, always made me laugh. had an awesome heart. thinking about you zion and your family…

  12. M

    Zion, if you can contact me, i have some of Rodney’s personal items that he asked me to hold a couple of years ago. He said it was temporary and it’s still in my garage after 2 years. Since his cell phone did not work, i lost touch of him and to hear what happened just an hour ago is devastating. Rodney was a true sweetheart and we always knew how to make each other laugh. I will miss him..

  13. christopher gregg

    As a long time friend for rodney we both atended the same middle and high school. i am offended by you simply refering to rodney as a some drug addict dies. He was a great friend. What do you have any respect for human beings at all. SO IS IT FAIR TO SAY YOU ARE JUST SOME DIRTY OLD NEWS REPORTER!
    HAVE SOME RESPECT .

  14. patrick obrien

    With all due respect to Rodney and his family, while it may seem disrespectful to those mourning their loss, he did partake in extracurricular activities that may have had something to do with whatever happened to him, right or wrong, as not a means to justify what happened, but to solve and bring to justice, and have some resolve.
    So get offended, if you must, but whatever it takes to solve it without trying to believe somethings weren’t as they were.

  15. christine

    I to recently lost a loved one, her name was Mariah, she was my heart and also a victim of homicide. People, Please have some respect. And please, if you know something tell the police. This is a horrible feeling to loose a loved one to a homicide. I wouldnt wish this on my worst enemy.

  16. monique

    Just to make a point of reference, to truly use someone as a character witness, the person must, in fact know whom they are speaking of. This supposed “journalist” may be doing her job as an” impartial” informer of news yet you must extricate preconceived notions and ” stereo types” which weigh heavily upon this ” journalists” original and revised piece. Just so you know for future reference, stick to the facts lady and not here say as it is slander which is illegal. Besides the fact that you were fishing for facts which, of course, were not there nor would they be released to the press so as the police may review their information and find the suspect, you decided to take it upon yourself and do some nancy drew like sleuthing. Not only have you potentially harmed the case by releasing falsified information but, you have brought disrespect and ill regard to a situation that requires a bit more tenacity and consideration then the likes of you could ever possibly muster. Rodney was a friend of mine. He was kind. He always wanted to laugh. His family doesn’t deserve to be treated in this regard by the likes of your bottom dwelling techniques or lack there of.As a journalist myself, i now understand why people look at my profession with such disregard at times. We miss you Rodney. We know who you were.

  17. Michael Sabedra

    It’s not often we come to embrace our memories of such a fond individual, but that’s all we have. As hard as it may be not to focus on the void this tragedy has left us, it puts a smile on my face when I think of the times I have spent with Rodney. His energy, his devotion to giving you the whole story with physical compliments were always comical to say the least. For those of us who know Rodney will never refer to “Knew him” for we will always know him in our hearts and minds. RIP Rodney, Yours friend Michael

  18. RodcalledmeNick

    I am Rodney’s sister (by love, not blood) and have been his best friend since 1992. I just want to honor Rodney’s spirit and talk about all the reasons we loved him. He was hysterical, all the time, and no one could laugh at themselves like he could. He was an amazing dancer. He was passionate about the things he loved and he cared VERY VERY much. He loved his family and close friends as much as one can. He had a huge heart and was a loving soul. He and I had a pact that he would always call me to check in… and he did for many years, every six weeks he called, he always told me he loved me. Rodney, you called me two weeks ago and I wish I could go back in time and answer your call… I love You Rodney, but you know that. You were my heart and I will miss you so so so much. You were my brother, my best friend and i cant wait to dance with you when I see you next. All My Love Sweetie, Nick

  19. Alex

    TO ALL OF RODNEY’S FRIENDS AND FAMILY ON HERE THAT LEFT COMMENTS, I AM THE UNCLE OF RODNEY’S SON.. WE JUST FOUND OUT, WE ARE IN LAS VEGAS AND HAD LOST CONTACT OF HIM.. IF YOU PICTURES AND VIDEOS OF HIM THAT I CAN HAVE TO GIVE TO HIS SON SO HIS SON CAN HAVE MEMORY OF HIS DAD.. TRUE RODNEY DID HAVE PROBLEMS BUT WE ALL DO AND HE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED.. PLEASE CONTACT US AT ..702-418-7711.. OR THROUGH EMAIL AT.. FOE702@AOL.COM

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