Suspect charged with murder two months after deadly beating

Clerk died after beating outside store

SAN ANTONIO -- More than two months after the death of a Vietnam vet, police charged someone in the killing.

The accused murderer has been in jail since the July killing, arrested for outstanding warrants. It wasn't until Wednesday that the medical examiner's office was notified about the link between the Vietnam vet's death and the beating so that charges could be made.

In his funeral program, Kieth Lamunyon was remembered as a proud Navy man who served in Vietnam. He was married and has five children, plus 15 grandchildren. His youngest son spoke to KENS 5, but requested we not identify him.

"He's just a hard-working man," his son said. "He was a mechanic, ‘Mr. Fix-it.’ I mean, he did everything he could for his family."

Lamunyon, 69, was a clerk at the Shell gas station on West Avenue near Loop 410.

"If he knew of somebody in need, he didn't hesitate to jump up and help," his son said. "That's the whole point of the situation here: guy was at the store being stupid, and my dad tried to run him off. That's when the confrontation started."

The confrontation happened on July 28 at the convenience store. San Antonio police say that Robert Viramontes bought a quart of beer around 11:30 p.m. A drunk Viramontes stood outside the door, drinking his beer and bothering other customers.

When Lamunyon went outside to ask him to leave, the police report says that Viramontes pushed Lamunyon and “could be seen swinging his fists and hitting the victim."

Lamunyon was able to get away and get back inside the store, where he collapsed a few minutes later. Lamuyon was dead by the time he reached the hospital.

Viramontes was arrested that same July night.

On Thursday, the 43-year-old was charged with murder.

The attack on Lamunyon was caught on tape by security cameras at the gas station.

The video wasn't given to KENS 5, but it has been turned over to police.

(© 2016 KENS)


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