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Candle light vigil for engineer gunned down in racial attack

While a grand jury receives evidence in a racially motivated murder in 2009 that was connected to attacks in LoDo, friends and family plan to hold a candle-light vigil. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post...

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College student’s remains dumped near Strasburg sunflower field

  It started as a missing person’s case. The parents and family of Jennifer Sue “Jenny” Larsen desperately sought clues in her inexplicable disappearance.     Jennifer Sue “Jenny” Larson Larsen was a...

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Body of Denver woman dumped in remote Weld County field

Valerie Meeks lived a hard life. She worked the streets of Denver as a prostitute in the 1980s while raising a teen-aged daughter. Weld County Sheriff Valerie Meeks, 36 According to Denver court...

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Yvonne Rabb comforted her sister before her own murder

  Yvonne Rabb knew the perils of street life in 1981, back when William H. McNichols Jr. was mayor of Denver. The day Yvonne died she prepared her sister for what was about to happen to her. She was...

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Killer died before DNA pinned him to 5-year-old’s death

It took 18 years, but police finally determined conclusively who it was who snatched 5-year-old Alie Berrelez from her Englewood apartment at 200 W. Grand Ave. in Englewood. Englewood police recently...

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Daughter sought answers to dad’s death with rifle

Like many family members of murder victims, Joann Amaro was frustrated that men who must have known who fatally shot her father on June 17, 1980 refused to speak up. A few days later, frustrated that...

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American Red Cross worker shot behind ear in picturesque Colorado Springs park

On sunny afternoons Karen Kay Johns often drove a few blocks from the offices of the American Red Cross for a quiet lunch near Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post...

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Adams County prosecutor gunned down outside home

When Sean May was ambushed at his home on the 3300 block of West 36th Avenue on Aug. 27, 2008, one obvious clue seemed to be what he did for a living. May, 37, had just been promoted to chief deputy...

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Man finds solace learning about father’s fate

Mike Kadow grew up hearing stories about a father he has no memory of. The Craig Kadow he knew was shot to death in a remote Jefferson County cabin before he was 3 and what he knows about him he...

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Young beauty college student’s clothes buried

Rebecca “Becky” Kellison was eager to get home so she could study for a final test at Lane Beauty Academy in Aurora she was attending. She was only two days away from graduating. The pretty 21-year-old...

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Party turns into shoot-out; two die

They were teens trying to connect with other kids for a week-end party on March 19, 2006 at a home on the 200 block of Stuart Street. Joe Gomez and Ronnie Hernandez had invited girls over for a party...

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7-Eleven worker killed during fill-in shift

Scott Marcus was the kind of guy who was eager to help other people. On March 25, 1994, his generosity cost him his life. Denver police Scott Marcus, 37 He agreed to fill in for a co-worker during a...

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Eleven-year-old boy shot minutes after New Year’s Eve

At first it seemed 11-year-old Eric Villar was the victim of an errant bullet fired by New Year’s Eve revelers at midnight 1992. Special to the Denver Post Eric Villar, 11 But days later, an autopsy...

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19-year-old stabbed when he opened his car door into someone

It was a minor mistake. Anthony “Tony” Marudas opened the door of his Volkswagon bug into someone’s leg. Words were exchanged. The person pulled out a knife and stabbed the 19-year-old to death. It was...

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16-year-old runaway strangled, dumped in field

Passersby remember a young girl sitting inside a car speaking with a husky blond man. Arapahoe County Sheriff Kimberly Jean Grabin, 16 The next morning, on Aug. 18, 1979,  a man driving by said a...

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Woman vanished on vacation from Texas to see brother in Littleton

She was going to be away for minutes. It’s been more than five years now since she walked out of her brother’s house briefly for a trip to the store. Courtesy of family Nonnie Dotson, 33. Today, it’s...

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Woman’s body found at massage parlor

Dawn DeHerrera loved to perform native American dances. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post Dawn DeHerrera She had a soft spot for homeless people and would often give up her lunch for someone she saw on...

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Trusting waitress strangled in her apartment

Mary Showman was beautiful and had an effervescent smile. She was friendly and always happy. Denver police department Mary Showman, 28 Showman did so well waiting tables at Rick’s Cafe that is was more...

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Nurse strangled to death near Park Hill Municipal Golf Course

Lois Jenkins was a divorced mother of two boys and a girl. Denver Police Department Lois Jenkins, 28 She was a registered nurse and ran a large child daycare center in northeast Denver. She always had...

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A wedding celebration turned tragic in the summer of 2001

In the past 11 years, every time Jacquelyn Espinoza sees a dump truck terrible images flood her mind. Families of Victims of Homicide and Missing Persons Ricky Espinoza, 37 She sees the compactor...

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