Jose Jimenez Obituary, Valley chef found dead in Arizona canal
- by Doris Lian
Jose Jimenez Obituary, Death – Jose Jimenez, beloved Valley chef found dead in Arizona canal. A bartender who claimed to have seen Jose Jimenez alive just hours before he was discovered dead in a canal three weeks ago said he assisted a’sad and horrible’ man at a local pub. On November 5th, the bartender, who begged 12News not to name them publicly, was working at Rum Runners Bar when Jose, 47, walked by and bought a 16-ounce beer.
Jose had recently completed a Cloth and Flame event as a cook. According to video obtained by 12News, he exits the companies’ commissary at BLT Kitchens on Dunlap Avenue and 7th Street at 10:01 p.m. Surveillance cameras show Jose fleeing the property through the east gate. He walks between the bins, out of sight. Jose is seen riding his bike. He was wearing a beanie and a Chicago Blackhawks hockey jersey. Early accounts said he got his bike from Little Miss BBQ, where Jose also worked. According to the bartender, Jose strolled in and requested a beer. A man was’slumpy and gloomy’ at the far end of the pub, whining about not having enough money to pay his phone bill, which was going to be cancelled.
According to the bartender, Jose overheard the man’s statements and began “giving him positive affirmations that beautiful things will soon arrive.” “[Jose] was being nice to him and telling him to think positively,” stated the bartender. According to the bartender, the man paid for his drink with quarters and then left after a brief conversation. Jose showed up a few minutes later. According to the Phoenix Police Department, Jose’s body was located in the Arizona Canal near Dunlap and 7th Avenues shortly after 8:30 a.m. The 6th of November. His phone and Weinmann bike are unaccounted for.
A preliminary medical examiner’s report determined that drowning was the cause of death, with alcohol intoxication also playing a role. Jose, according to many who knew him, was a regular beer drinker after work before riding his bike home. The gang collected surveillance video of Jose leaving work, followed his regular bike routes home, and obtained phone records indicating that Jose last received a text message at 10:59 p.m., despite the fact that calls to his cell phone had ceased working by 11:39 p.m. Amanda believes he died around the time his husband did.
The bartender alerted 12News on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving that they had contacted police and spoken with detectives. They claimed the next day that they were sacked without cause. According to Phoenix police, the case is still under investigation pending the final medical examiner’s report. The family is hoping that someone may recognize the jersey Jose was last seen wearing and help them follow up on any leads. They’ve set a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
A candlelight vigil and walk will be held between Central and Canal between Dunlap and 7th Avenues, where Jose was discovered, on December 3 at 7 p.m. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses. The family had already met their $30,000 goal as of Saturday morning. Cloth & Flame friends and coworkers will host “Jose’s farewell concert under the moon,” a benefit dinner and fundraising event on December 4 at The Icehouse in downtown Phoenix. The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m.
Jose Jimenez Obituary, Death – Jose Jimenez, beloved Valley chef found dead in Arizona canal. A bartender who claimed to have seen Jose Jimenez alive just hours before he was discovered dead in a canal three weeks ago said he assisted a’sad and horrible’ man at a local pub. On November 5th, the bartender, who…