Investigation continues into Valley chef’s death in Phoenix canal

The physique of Jose Jimenez was discovered in the canal on Nov. 6 a day after he left work.

PHOENIX — The death of Jose Mackario Jimenez stays a thriller greater than per week after his physique was discovered in a north Phoenix canal, investigators said.

The 47-year-old’s stays had been discovered by a utility employee early in the morning on Nov. 6 close to seventh Avenue and Dunlap Road, his spouse, Amanda Nash-Jimenez, stated.

Jose had completed an occasion working as a chef for Cloth and Flame and went to choose up his bike at Little Miss BBQ Saturday night when he disappeared.

“My husband last messaged me on the evening of the fifth at 10:19 letting me know that he was rolling home, meaning on his bike,” she stated. “But he never came back.”

Amanda, household, and pals seemed for him all night time, she even known as close by hospitals. But It wasn’t till midday the subsequent day a detective arrived at her house with the tragic information.

“The fact that he wound up where he did is just heartbreaking and almost impossible and unfathomable in every way because my husband does not like water, he does not ride parallel to the canal, [and] he has no scratches, road marks or anything as if he fell off his bike and hit the ground,” Amanda stated.

Jose was an avid cycler, his spouse stated. His cellphone and Weinmann bike weren’t discovered by police when his stays had been situated.

She believes if somebody harm him and brought on his death, they’d be after his costly bike. Amanda desires the police to do extra in the case.

“They handed us his soaking wet backpack in a bag and later came back and told us that they forgot to DNA swab it,” she stated. “Like what is happening? What do you mean? You stood at my door and told me it was a murder investigation, how was that not looked at?”

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Looking for closure

Many questions stay in the investigation. Detectives are reportedly investigating and couldn’t present extra particulars concerning the case.

In the meantime, the household has created a GoFundMe to help with the funeral and other expenses, and pals are organizing a fundraising occasion on November 17 at The Lost Leaf beginning at 9 p.m.

They hope somebody will come ahead and assist them clear up his case.

“We want answers, for him and for us, we want them. We want justice,” Amanda stated.

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Loved by many

Jose Mackario Jimenez was a husband, father of two, and grandfather of 1.

“He loved his family, that was his number one thing,” stated his daughter, Vanessa Romero. “I want him to be remembered for all the things he’s done for the community.”

Aside from spending time caring for his household, he was an lively member of his neighborhood. He shared his cooking expertise and delighted many pallets throughout the Valley.

Before his death, Jose was working as a reserved chef at Cloth and Flame and as a cook dinner at Lille Miss BBQ. His earlier cooking expertise contains Gallo Blanco, Welcome Diner, and Garcia’s Las Avenidas.

“He really prided himself on work ethic and serving others,” Amanda stated. “In the community, he was known as ‘grandpa’ because he really loved and cared about everyone and tried to push everyone to be their best selves.”

That was one of many many issues that made her fall in love with him. The Jimenez household had been collectively for 18 years and married for the final 10.

“We were looking forward to many many more years together,” Amanda stated.

Together, they opened their house to eight overseas alternate college students over the last eight years. A detailed pal nominated them for a White House award for his or her volunteer work.

In August, they obtained the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award in recognition of their volunteering greater than 2,000 hours as host dad and mom over the last year. Amanda stated that was Jose’s largest accomplishment to date.

“For him, being a kid from the streets to being able to get a presidential award, like that’s something to be proud of,” she stated.

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