Denver shootout victim, 10, holding ‘green, leafy material’
DENVER, Colorado – Gunmen fired through the front door and a kitchen window while those inside fired back during a shootout that left a 10-year-old girl dead, according to a coroner’s report released Wednesday.
Auralia Cisneros died in the living room of her family’s west Denver apartment from a single shot to her face Nov. 26., the Denver County Medical Examiner’s Office said in an autopsy report.
Police have said they believe the shooting was related to drugs and gangs. Auralia was found clutching a small bag of “green, leafy material,” according to the report.
Denver police declined comment on whether the material was a marijuana, saying the case had been turned over to the district attorney’s office. Denver District attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough did not immediately return a message.
Toxicology tests found no drugs in the girl’s system.
Cisneros’ family has denied any connection to drugs or gangs, although postings on Myspace.com Web pages maintained by her mother and father make references to both.
Many of the details of the shooting have been sealed by authorities, but the coroner’s report provides a few more events around Cisneros death. Police have said the girl was killed in the crossfire between suspects and her own family, but they have not said who fired the shot that killed her.
Three 19-year-old men were arrested last week in connection to the shooting. Trivi Trujillo, Joshua Rojas and Juvencio Hernandez all face felony murder charges and are being held without bail. Their cases have been sealed.
Assistant Medical Examiner James Wahe wrote in his report that Cisneros was in the living room of her family’s apartment and was “allegedly sitting on the couch with her father” when people started shooting through the front door and a kitchen window.
Wahe wrote that the manner of death was homicide. The report said the girl was struck in the right cheek by a bullet moving on an upward course that went through her brain and exited through her skull.