Now, per the Daily News:
The city Medical Examiner initially concluded the cause of death was undetermined.
In March of this year, a detective reviewing the case, which remained open, realized Vasquez’s death certificate failed to label the death a homicide, according to a police source.
The Medical Examiner’s said the case was reopened and the death was reclassified as a homicide in light of “investigative information."
No arrests have been made.
According to a Post article published on Sept. 17, 2005:
Cops said that Vasquez had been communicating until recently with a younger woman who was in jail on drug charges and that they thought he had sent her money.
She was being sought for interrogation last night.
Neighbors reported hearing a loud argument, in Spanish, coming from Vasquez’s apartment at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Then the smell of smoke began creeping through the hallway.
One building resident said that Vasquez "was a really great guy. He would help you out in a second. He was the best kind of neighbor."