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25 Denver homicides through September 2012: See where they happened

Denver homicides during 2012's first three-quarters dramatically declined as compared to last year, especially in the months of July, August and September. There were five during that three-month period -- the same number as took place during a single burst of violence at Fero's Bar & Grill on Wednesday. But despite this week's violence, the homicide rate is still behind that of 2011. Get details on the 25 Denver homicides through September and see maps showing where they happened below.

Of course, metro-area murders have been far from rare in 2012, as the dozen deaths in the Aurora theater shooting demonstrate. But despite suggestions after the June slaying of police officer Celena Hollis that another summer of violence was in the offing, the numbers for Denver proper were significantly lower than in 2011 through September's end.

Last year, there were 47 homicides in Denver, with forty taking place through September 2011. Moreover, the third-quarter of that year, covering July, August and September, were particularly bloody, with sixteen homicides happening during those three months.

With 25 homicides through September 2012, this year's total as compared to 2011 is down by fifteen -- a huge swing that has a lot to do with far fewer fatalities during the third quarter. In July, August and September of 2012, five homicides struck Denver, including the death of Kevin Ryberg, pictured above, who was killed in police custody during an incident that was eventually ruled justifiable by the Denver District Attorney's Office.

But as the shocking Fero's incident demonstrates, positive developments can turn negative in an instant.

Look below to see interactive graphics of virtually all the 25 homicides in Denver through September; if you have problems seeing the images, click "View Larger Map."

Accompanying them are coroner's office descriptions of the victims, as well as the time, location and cause of death. And be sure to click on names with links, which connect to our original coverage.


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Pete Cisneros Jr.

Male, Hispanic, 21

2:13 p.m. January 8, 2012

1465 Winona Court #1

Probable seizure due to closed head injury


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Michael Williams

Male, black, 45

2:37 a.m. February 9, 2012

3469 West 9th Avenue

Multiple gunshot wounds


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Serril Allen

Male, black, nineteen

9:37 p.m. February 14, 2012

Near 5434 East 36th Avenue

Gunshot wound of the chest

Continue reading our post about Denver homicides in the first three-quarters of 2012.

Justin Martinez

Male, Hispanic, 24

12:22 p.m. February 16, 2012

No location listed

Pending for toxicology and histology


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George deCurnou

Male, white, 56

1331 Niagara Street

7:34 a.m. March 9, 2012

Complications of penetrating neck injury and blunt trauma to head


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Leroy Wright

Male, black, 55

5:10 p.m. March 10, 2012

2101 Franklin Street

Gunshot wound of the torso

Continue reading our post about Denver homicides in the first three-quarters of 2012.


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Billy Newson

Male, black, 29

Colfax and Pearl Street

3:10 a.m. March 18, 2012

Gunshot wound of the head


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De'Quan Walker-Smith

Male, black, eighteen

3:05 p.m. March 19, 2012

East 29th Avenue and Franklin Street

Gunshot wound of the chest


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Isaiah Garcia

Male, Hispanic, eighteen

No location listed, but crime reportedly took place on the 1300 block of Knox Court

Gunshot wound to the neck

Continue reading our post about Denver homicides in the first three-quarters of 2012.


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Jonathan Frost

Male, white, 42

8:10 a.m. March 30, 2012

5095 East Donald Avenue

Probable seizure due to traumatic brain injury


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Jimma Reat

Male, black, 25

5 a.m. April 1, 2012

29th and Sheridan Boulevard, Denver

Gunshot wound to the back


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Toby Morine

Male, Hispanic, seven

4:30 p.m. April 3, 2012

139 South Bryant Street, Denver

Shotgun wound of the chest

Continue reading our post about Denver homicides in the first three-quarters of 2012.


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Pablo Del Rio Jr.

Male, Hispanic, 22

9:48 p.m. April 16, 2012

5125 Chambers Road, Denver

Gunshot wound to the back


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Bertha Rios Lopez

Female, Hispanic, 43

7:51 a.m. April 28, 2012

327 South Bryant Street

Multiple stab wounds


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James Dishmon

Male, black, 24

12:50 a.m. May 9, 2012

13390 East 55th Avenue, Denver

Gunshot wound to the thorax

Continue reading our post about Denver homicides in the first three-quarters of 2012.


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Justin O'Donnell

Male, black, 21

2:15 p.m. May 25, 2012

2200 block of Bruce Randolph Avenue, Denver

Gunshot wounds (two) of the back


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Deon Rudd

Male, black, thirty

2:15 p.m. May 25, 2012

2232 Bruce Randolph Avenue, Denver

Multiple gunshot wounds


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Richard Nack

Male, white, 59

7:19 a.m. May 26, 2012

5015 West Alaska Place, Denver

Gunshot wound to the head

Continue reading our post about Denver homicides in the first three-quarters of 2012.


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Juan Hernandez-Soto

Male, Hispanic, 27

6:19 a.m. June 16, 2012

1065 South Quivas Street

Multiple gunshot wounds


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Celena Hollis

Female, black, 32

8:35 p.m. June 24, 2012

1700 block of York Street

Gunshot wound of the head


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Matthew Chaikin

Male, white, 56

12:15 p.m. July 7

71 East Yale Ave., Denver, CO

Blunt force injury to head and neck

Continue reading our post about Denver homicides in the first three-quarters of 2012.


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Kevin Ryberg

Male, white, 22

12:10 p.m. July 31

6300 East 39th Avenue

Multiple gunshot wounds


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Natasha Carrillo

Female, Hispanic, twenty

4:48 p.m. August 10

1497 Knox Court

Gunshot wound of chest

Christopher Bates

Male, black, 28

2:38 p.m. September 3

No address listed

"Pending further studies."


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Zachary Sare

Male, white, 24

9:48 p.m. September 8

1160 South Navajo Street

Gunshot wound of chest

More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Top 19 most wanted Denver murder suspects."


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