SPICEWOOD — A young man who brightened the lives of many will be laid to rest July 25.
Stephen Roy Sylvester Jr. died July 17 in Austin. On his Facebook page, friends and acquaintances remembered Sylvester as a loving and caring individual.
Austin homicide investigators have arrested Bryan Canchola, 20, in the former Marble Falls High School student’s death. Police have charged Canchola with murder for allegedly beating the 18-year-old to death during an argument the two had about 4 a.m. that Friday at an apartment in the 500 block of West 26th Street in Austin.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed by APD Detective David Fugitt, the two arrived at the apartment they shared with another person and began arguing. Eventually, the argument became violent, the other roommate told police according to the affidavit.
The third roommate was able to intervene and get Sylvester to University Medical Center at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, but the 18-year-old apparently left the hospital before being treated, according to the affidavit. The third roommate returned to the apartment after searching for Sylvester. Upon returning, the man noted that Canchola’s bedroom door was closed. Fearing Sylvester might return to the residence, the third roommate went to a friend’s residence and called 9-1-1 at 5:49 a.m.
Canchola also called 9-1-1 shortly thereafter to report he and Sylvester had been fighting and the 18-year was now unconscious. Austin-Travis County EMS transported Sylvester to University Medical Center Brackenridge Hospital, where he later died.
A Travis County deputy medical examiner ruled Sylvester’s death a homicide.
Police arrested Canchola on July 18 and booked him into the Travis County Jail on a first-degree murder charge. He is being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
Friends of Sylvester and his family have set up a GoFundMe.com account to help offset funeral expenses.
A friend on his Facebook page described Sylvester with these words: “His love of animals was undeniable as well as his will to help anyone and everyone. His love for life in general was greater than most.”
Sylvester’s service is at 11 a.m. July 25 at Spicewood Baptist Church, 7903 CR 404. Funeral arrangements are by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls. To offer condolences, go to clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com. For his full obituary, click here.