Sioux Falls Police have arrested a 22-year-old man for the city's first homicide of the year. Robert Bass faces charges including murder in the second degree.
Police say he beat 50-year-old Chris Conde-Vargas of Sioux Falls with a baseball bat.
Conde-Vargas leaves behind five children, a wife and grandchildren here in Sioux Falls. Like any family, they were shocked to hear the news of their father's death...but now that they know the details of how he died...they can't help but ask why.
"We're married around 33 years...my whole life with him...it's a lot of emotions, you have the big question mark, why? Why he did this to him." The details released today, describing the murder of Maria Avila's husband are especially troubling.
Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel outlined part of what happened. "At some point Mr. Bass took a bat and struck the victim, we believe at least a couple of times. One of those injuries was to the head, which caused a skull fracture...It's hard to say how long it took before the victim actually passed away." Police believe the altercation took place around 4 Saturday morning at Conde-Vargas' home where he and the suspect, bass had been drinking for several hours. "We do know that drinking was involved."
Conde-Vargas' son Aaron told us..."It's a mixture of emotions, you ask yourself, why would he even do this, you're in front of a 50-year old drunk male, what makes you beat him to death."
The Conde family says the victim had lived a-part from the family for the past year as his alcohol usage became a problem. His wife Maria was reflective. "Even if he wasn't with me this last year, I still love him and pray for him every single day."
His daughter Vanessa Lopez says, "You know my dad went through some difficult times, but he was always helping people out."
His daughter Nancy also told KSFY..."He was a family man he loved to have his family close to him, he loved family gatherings, he cooked all the time."
Even with the knowledge of how their father died, they still feel for the 22-year-old accused of the murder. His daughter Nancy Conde says she is having trouble coming to terms with the violent way her father died. "Please don't let my heart be filled with anger, please help me forgive the man because his life is also ruined."
And his son Aaron Conde told us, he doesn't understand why anyone would want to kill his father. "He messed up because he had his whole life ahead of him, why would he do this?"
In less than four years as an adult, the suspect had accrued a 15-page criminal record, starting with possession of alcohol by a minor, to burglary, to assault and ending with his charge for murder.
Bass will appear in court on Thursday where the murder charges will be formally filed.
Thursday, February 20 2014 7:42 PM EST2014-02-21 00:42:09 GMT
Behind the glory of football there are the scars and bruises. Some visible, some not. We still have much to learn about the health risk football puts on it's players, but some of the biggest strides inMore >>
Behind the glory of football there are the scars and bruises, some visible, some not. We still have much to learn about the health risk football puts on it's players, but some of the biggest strides in research are happening on South Dakota's fields.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 11:09 PM EST2014-03-08 04:09:14 GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Search and rescue teams are looking for a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet with 239 people aboard - including three adult Americans and one infant. The airline says it lostMore >>
Malaysia Airlines says the plane was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 10:31 PM EST2014-03-08 03:31:23 GMT
Six weeks after arson shuttered the Co-op Natural Foods Store, shelves are stocked and customers are coming through the doors once again. And it's not just the food they're excited about. "The thingMore >>
Six weeks after arson shuttered the Co-op Natural Foods Store, shelves are stocked and customers are coming through the doors once again.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 9:19 PM EST2014-03-08 02:19:54 GMT
A Yankton man was found dead in a mobile home, Friday morning and Police are calling it a homicide. It happened on the 1100 block of E. 8th Street near Peninah Street. That's on the southeast part ofMore >>
Authorities say a Yankton man has been charged with second-degree homicide as murder in connection with his uncle's death.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 9:04 PM EST2014-03-08 02:04:53 GMT
The Aberdeen Regional Airport is going to try and add a little excitement to its walls. The airport has hired Aberdeen artists Nick and Nicole Fischer to paint a mural to place on the wall in the airport'sMore >>
The Aberdeen Regional Airport is going to try and add a little excitement to its walls. The airport has hired Aberdeen artists Nick and Nicole Fischer to paint a mural to place on the wall in the airport's center waiting room. The mural will depict Aberdeen's history.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 8:57 PM EST2014-03-08 01:57:38 GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The airline says that Flight MH370 hasMore >>
The airline says that Flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang air traffic control at 2:40 a.m. Saturday.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 8:37 PM EST2014-03-08 01:37:00 GMT
Sporting their favorite jerseys, they huddle around former Viking Ben Leber just hoping he'll sign one of their items. But, Leber isn't in at Robert Bennis Elementary in Brandon to talk football.More >>
More than 60 percept of students don't eat breakfast daily, that's according to the American College of Sports Medicine. So, what's being done to change this statistic?More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 4:19 PM EST2014-03-07 21:19:12 GMT
Cattle ranchers and law enforcement in the American West are fighting a tough new battle to protect the herds -- keeping meth addicts from stealing their cows and selling them to finance their drug habit. CattleMore >>
Cattle ranchers and law enforcement in the American West are fighting a tough new battle to protect the herds -- keeping meth addicts from stealing their cows and selling them to finance their drug habit.More >>