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Fifty homicides in year five of Mile High Murder: See where they happened

Isabella Guzman is accused of stabbing her mother 77 times. Interactive graphics and videos below.
Isabella Guzman is accused of stabbing her mother 77 times. Interactive graphics and videos below.

On May 17, 2009, The Latest Word launched the Mile High Murder archive. MHM recently marked its fifth anniversary -- and while the homicide numbers are lower than they were last year, the total is nothing to celebrate. In year four of the archive, which encompassed the Aurora theater shooting, there were 77 homicides -- so many that we had to document them in two separate posts. Year five is much more in line with the sum from year three: 49 homicides, one fewer than in the past twelve months.

Look below to see where all fifty homicides took place, as documented in interactive graphics and videos, accompanied by links to our original coverage.

Number 50: "Sandra Mercado found murdered on Lookout Mountain, but was it the crime scene?"

This image, showing the area where Mercado's body was discovered, from 7News coverage.
This image, showing the area where Mercado's body was discovered, from 7News coverage.

Number 49: "Warrant: Richard Kirk may have been on pain meds, pot edible when he killed his wife."

Number 47 and 48: "Fabian Gonzales murder: More silence than justice in stabbings of baby, grandma."

Number 46: "Timothy Baca wounds two cops while being busted for allegedly killing his mom."


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Number 45: "Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting in West Denver."


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Number 44: "Nate Tallman murder a pot deal gone wrong? Russell Britton, Moises Mendez busted."

Number 43: "Thomas Laperch arrest: Murdered musician William Burchett robbed, stabbed, burned."


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Number 42: "Stephvon Atencio, James Dominguez-Castor busted in slaying of elderly Lakewood man."


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Number 41: "Murder victim found on blood-splattered bridge in Aurora."

Continue to keep counting down the fifty homicides in year five of Mile High Murder, featuring interactive graphics and videos.   Number 40: "Ryan Thompson ID'd as murder victim at Aurora's Smoky Hill Liquor, teen in custody."


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Number 38 and 39: "Double-murder/suicide suspected on Welby Road Terrace in Thornton."


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Number 37: "Quinton Stanley, charged with murder, says baby's bathtub death was an accident."


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Number 36: "Maggie Leiman ID'd as victim of Army vet son's Indian Hills triple shooting."

Number 35: "Matthew Trujillo, seventeen, charged as adult in murder of fellow teen Anthony Benavidez."


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Number 33 and 34: "Jerrad Wallace one of two killed at house party, Secundino Martinez busted."

A look at the crime scene, from 9News coverage.
A look at the crime scene, from 9News coverage.

Number 32: "Jose Diaz-Luevano allegedly killed after making food for gunman at Broncos-watching party."


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Number 31: "Third recent Aurora homicide: Man found dead in apartment parking lot."


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Continue to keep counting down the fifty homicides in year five of Mile High Murder, featuring interactive graphics and videos.   Number 29 and 30: "Alexander Tower-Francisco Gutierrez murders still a mystery, cops say."


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Number 27 and 28: "Aurora police investigate second homicide in that city in three days."


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Number 26: "Cody Sewick charged with first-degree murder in Denver West Inn homicide."


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Number 25: "Is Steven Perez, fatal stabbing victim, North Side Mafia gang member 'Sly Dog'?"


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Number 24: "Fatal shooting near Colfax and Verbena, suspect at large."


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Number 23: "Kenneth Mackey was facing attempted murder beef when busted in triple shooting."


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Number 22: "Merrick McKoy allegedly killed baby after posting their photo on Facebook."


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Number 21: "Photos: Isaac Montoya murdered in South Quivas alley, no suspects."


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Continue to keep counting down the fifty homicides in year five of Mile High Murder, featuring interactive graphics and videos.   Number 20: "Floyd Sandoval busted in John Goggin's murder, second suspect sought."

Number 19: "Tyree Bowen wanted for Vincente Penaloza's murder outside 12th Avenue apartments."


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Number 18: "Zachary Cooper claimed he was God and had killed the devil in 28th and Adams homicide."


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Number 17: "Photos: Multiple gunshots kill man found in Aurora apartment courtyard."


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Number 16: "7-Eleven shooting now a homicide after man hit in the arm dies."


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Number 15: "Forsythia Owen claims man she beat to death with bat was child molester."

Number 14: "Victor Baltazar wanted in murder of Jose Gutierrez-Peredia on West Mississippi."


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Number 13: "Lonnie White, seventeen, to be charged as adult in Reysean Abram on-bike murder."

Number 12: "Photos: Isabella Guzman stabbed mom 79 times, affidavit says."


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Number 11: "Aaron Hill allegedly murdered Brandon Goff during marijuana sale."


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Continue to keep counting down the fifty homicides in year five of Mile High Murder, featuring interactive graphics and videos.   Number 10: "Did Matthew Burnett accidentally kill his best pal after catching him with his wife?"


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Number 9: "Sandra Roskilly killed by neighbor who complained about her rose bushes."

Number 7 and 8: "Billy Otto charged with killing teens who tried blackmailing him with unseemly video."

Number 6: "Identity of slain Air Force officer revealed; part of LoDo now off limits to Buckley."


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Number 5: "One dead in shooting on 3200 block of South Glencoe."


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Number 4: "Hector Funez-Canales still at large after fatal Aurora stabbing."


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Number 3: "Victim in triple shooting at 1235 Albion dies, suspected killer at large."


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Number 2: "Ryan Hicks suspected of murder after roomie David Noren's body found."

Number 1: "Justin Hale charged with murdering girlfriend's thirteen-month-old baby."


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Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Mile High Murder archive circa May 2013: "77 homicides in year four of Mile High Murder: See where they happened, part one" and "77 homicides in year four of Mile High Murder: See where they happened, part two."


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