San Diego architect dies after alleged attack by employee: Graham Downes sustained injuries in fight

Man arrested for alleged attack

SAN DIEGO - An Encanto man was under arrest Monday on suspicion of fatally beating his employer, a prominent architect, during a fight at the victim's Bankers Hill home.

Higinio Soriano Salgado, 31, allegedly inflicted mortal injuries on 55-year-old Graham Downes about 1 a.m. Friday during a house party in the 200 block of West Juniper Street, according to San Diego police.

Patrol officers responding to a reported disturbance found the two men on the ground in front of the architect's residence. Downes was unconscious with severe facial and head injuries.

Salgado, a property manager for the victim's company, was questioned and then booked into county jail.

Medics took Downes to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries late Sunday morning.

His publicist, Danielle Gano, released a statement saying Downes' family and friends had known him as "an exciting and adventurous man who did no less than devour life."

"There were no half-measures in his world, and those who knew him socially surely have a memorable story to tell in which he is invariably at the center, but his heart's passion was with the design practice he toiled so hard to create and grow, Graham Downes Architecture," Gano said.

The firm is well-known for its work at several local hotels and restaurants, including Tom Ham's Lighthouse, the Bali Hai, Hotel La Jolla and the Hard Rock Hotel.

Salgado was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

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