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Spate of killings concerns Denver cops

Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post
Denver, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado “-Five homicides over the weekend have Denver investigators working overtime to make arrests.

“We had a pretty horrific weekend,” Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said Monday. “You can’t figure out why they happen in a short period like this.”

– On Friday, a security guard was fatally shot and another guard was wounded at a west Denver club. The man who died was identified Monday as Alfredo Gonzalez-Ramos, 32.

The shootings happened at 12:54 a.m. at El Chaparral Night Club, 2727 W. Sixth Ave., police said. The gunman remains at large.

Investigators said several individuals were involved in fights inside and outside the club. As security guards tried to break them up, one guard got into an argument with two men and was gunned down.

– On Saturday, a man who had been shot several times was found dead on a sidewalk next to a bus stop. The body of Ivory Mefford, 28, of Denver was found about 5:30 a.m. near East 31st Avenue and Franklin Street. No suspects have been identified.

– On Sunday morning, the body of a Latino man in his 20s was found in a field at West Arizona Avenue and South Pecos Street, police said. The victim was identified as Jacob Medina, 21, of Lakewood. The shooter remains at large.

– Another man was fatally shot Sunday about 8 a.m. near the intersection of Bruce Randolph Avenue and York Street, police said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital by friends but later died. Investigators said two groups of people were arguing when someone pulled a gun and opened fire. Police are looking for the suspect, who fled in a white Chevrolet Suburban. The victim has been identified as Edgar Nunez, 21, of Denver.

– Charges were dropped Monday against a 23-year-old Adams County woman, Dawn Marie Gonzales. She was arrested on suspicion of deliberately running down a pedestrian in a Burger King parking lot at Sixth Avenue and Broadway early Friday.

Gonzales was taken into custody Saturday. She had been accused of fatally running down 49-year-old Lilian Verdonkschot about 2:30 a.m. after an argument. Charges were dropped pending further investigation.

Last year, Denver homicide investigators worked 50 murder cases, Jackson said.

This year, counting the cases over the weekend, investigators are looking at 11 murder cases so far, Jackson said.

“All the detectives are extremely busy ” they’re working around the clock on these cases,” Jackson said.

Anyone with information on any of the cases is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP(7867).

Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822 or knicholson@denverpost.com


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