This is an updated report.

Police ruled the death of Rodney Curiel, a 34-year-old man found inside his Mission Hotel room on Monday a homicide. An autopsy was completed this week.

Robert Velarde, an inspector with the homicide unit of the San Francisco Police Department, said they don’t have a suspect or motive .

Police officer Samson Chan said the victim died of “possible strangulation.”

When asked whether they were looking at surveillance cameras to see who went inside the victim’s room, Velarde said, “We’re reviewing that as we speak.”

The hotel manager found the victim inside his room at 10 a.m. Monday at 520 South Van Ness Ave. in the Mission District during a routine pest control inspection.

Sgt. Wilfred Williams, a public information officer with the police department, said Curiel was found lying on his bed.

Chan said Curiel had been living in the residential hotel between three to eight months.

Rosa Ramirez

Rosa Ramirez grew up listening to stories about her father and uncles migrating from a small rural town in Mexico to work in the garment district in Los Angeles. Now, as a reporter for Mission Loc@l,...

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  1. Our condolences to Rodney’s family. He had brought so much joy and lots of laughter in our lives that we cannot believe he is gone. I hope and pray that whoever was responsible for his death will be brought to justice, because he was a good man with an awesome spirit. San Francisco will never be the same without you, my friend. Rest in peace.
    Herb n Maryjane

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