There's this: "His roommates called us on Friday and told us that the previous night around 1 a.m., he had a very loud and emotional conversation on the telephone that woke the whole house. He left the residence and was never seen again," his father said.
So I'm thinking no hate crime. Sounds like another dispute over drugs and money, like the Queen Mother of all bogus gay hate crime stories, THE GAYHOAX
that started it all, the death of Matthew Shepard.