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Vigil Planned for Slain Arlington Man

by ARLnow.com December 28, 2010 at 8:36 am 1,923 17 Comments

Friends of Carl Diener are planning a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, the first anniversary of the Lyon Village resident’s unsolved murder.

The vigil is being organized in conjunction with a drive by police to gather more tips in the case. Police are planning on distributing fliers Wednesday night in the area of 13th and Irving Streets in Clarendon, where Diener was found beaten and stabbed early in the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009.

Diener, a 57-year-old retired government employee, was on his way to work at the Arlington Sport & Health Club at the time of his death. A $25,000 reward is offered for information that helps to solve the case.

“We are hoping that a candlelight vigil will remind the community of the events one year ago… and maybe someone will remember seeing or hearing something that will turn out to be helpful,” wrote Patti Diener Lough, Carl’s sister. “The more people there on Wednesday, the more attention this will get in the media, too. This can only help.”

Diener Lough says she expects several of Carl’s cousins and many of his friends to attend the vigil, which will start around 7:30.

  • SoArlRes

    Too sad. Hope they solve this one.

    • SoCo Resident

      So sad,especially since he was so well regarded by many. Hope they solve this too. It is wonderful that we celebrate his life.

  • TGE
  • Jenny

    There have been rumors that this was a gay hate crime. Has anyone else heard anything similar?

    • Arlington, Northside

      Only from those with an agenda trying to make it so. Sorry, but random hate crimes don’t usually include stabbings.

      • AllenB

        You don’t know what you’re talking about. I have no idea if this was a hate crime, but plenty of hate crimes do involve stabbings.

        • Arlington, Northside

          The key word in my statement is random. Yes, stabbing happen in cases that are classified as “hate crimes”, but in those cases it is usually an incident that started as an argument over something else and race/religion/sexuality is thrown into the mix. I met Carl a few time at the gym and had no indication that he was gay or straight; Muslem, Christian or Jew; obviously he was white and not a minority; he was just a nice guy who helped folks out at the club. In the sense that any murder is a hate crime, yes this is a hate crime, otherwise I do not see why this was even brought up. Without any other indication, it is an affront to his memory and to our community to make it out to be anything beyond a tragic murder.

          • AllenB

            I don’t know why it was brought up either as I’ve never heard that rumor but you’re still wrong. Random crimes, be they hate crimes or other types, happen all the time with knives. Just because it was a stabbing doesn’t rule it out being a hate crime. Your reasoning is twisted and tortured, at best.

    • Arlington, Northside

      This was a tragedy, there is no need to make it into something it was not with speculation about hate crimes.

      RIP Carl.

    • boog

      ”Diener, 57, was found at 2:50 a.m. Dec. 29. He had been beaten and stabbed and was lying on the street in the 3200 block of North 13th Street in Clarendon. … Diener was not married and did not have children, friends said.”

      That’s why people who want to help are wondering if this may have been gay-related. It’s not about “an agenda.”

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/05/AR2010010503793_2.html?wprss=rss_metro

      • huh?

        so you’re automatically gay if you’re unmarried and have no children?

        • boog

          No, nothing is automatic. It’s called asking questions.

          The reported overkill involved in his murder, the lack of info about his personal life, and other words used or omitted to describe the late Mr. Diener does raise eyebrows among people who are keen to follow unsolved crimes.

          Brian Betts, the Silver Spring teacher, was a very different case, but a lack of personal info made it seem like he must have been gay. And he was. And thats what happens with the news — being “respectful of his privacy” by leaving out gay details. Families often don’t want to say their late son or brother was gay either. So, the question has to be asked. Maybe the answer is simply, “No.”

          But, if the answer is yes, then a whole different set of people might take an interest in the case to help get it solved. The gay community doesn’t sit around waiting to be targeted by people who specifically prey on its members. Nobody community should, but the insulated nature of minority communities means another level of information might be there if a connection is made.

          It’s not offensive. It’s not presumptuous. It’s not an agenda. And it’s not wrong to ask. Loosen up. There’s a murderer out there — nothing can hurt Carl Diener anymore, but some kind of homicidal creep is still on the loose.

          • Katie

            I know what you’re saying. I have no idea and I don’t know if his murder was just a random early-morning violent crime or not. Seems to me that is was. I mean, he was heading to work, not heading home after a big night out.

            I just think we need to try to solve it.

            RIP Carl.

  • Bluemont John

    My heart goes out to his family. Such a senseless tragedy. Hopefully someone will decide the tax-free 25 grand is worth their anonymous tip.

  • Bullseye

    Beside the fact that it is pure speculation, does being a “hate crime” make it worse? He was murdered! Maybe if he was just robbed we could all feel better about it. What idiocy! Allow the man’s friends and relatives to remember him without having to deal with crapola like that.

  • Question

    Does anyone know where Carl’s vigil will be held? 13th and Irving in Clarendon? The article lists a time but not a location. Thanks.

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