SAN ANGELO, TX – A Marine who was stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base has died following a fight at a bar in the popular downtown San Angelo area.
According to witnesses that night, at least three ambulances were dispatched to the parking lot of the Whiskey River Bar, 125 E. Concho Ave.
Police said when they arrived at the scene of the fight around 1am this morning, they were told that several people had been stabbed. Police then found a 28-year-old man with multiple stab wounds. He was rushed to nearby Shannon Medical Center in critical condition. There were also other stabbing victims, police said.
The police department’s initial investigation, which included having the Criminal Investigation Division search the premises for evidence, revealed that a verbal altercation that began inside the Whiskey River Saloon had been taken outside where it became physical. Eyewitnesses at the bar that night said the altercation took place between a group of servicemen from Goodfellow AFB and locals.
Police say all of the stabbing victims were stationed at Goodfellow AFB and the police victim was identified early on as being in particularly poor condition, the 28-year-old man who died at Shannon.
CID police have identified a suspect named Ray Vera, 40, of San Angelo, and police have charged him with murder. He was taken to the Tom Green County Detention Center this afternoon at 3:28 p.m. He is charged with murder, having his vehicle expired, driving a motorcycle without approval, without insurance and not -appearance in court for a previous charge. .
County online records show his bail is set at just $2,409.00.
The identity of the victims is not disclosed pending notification of next of kin.
The Whiskey River Saloon changed hands about two years ago. Since new management took over, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has not reported any violations or alleged violations of its liquor license.
Update 5 p.m.: We have confirmed that the deceased was a US Marine.
. Goodfellow AFB Marine stabbed dead outside bar downtown San Angelo