Gangs Tied to 3 Weekend Murders and Additional Shooting, Community Upset

Yesterday, we told you about four Denver homicides that took place during three separate incidents over the weekend.

First came two slayings in the Lowry neighborhood. The crime is now said to have been gang-related.

That was followed by a homicide on Pontiac Street. It, too, was spurred by gangs, Denver police say.

Only a killing on Race Street for which a suspect is in custody hasn't been tied to gang violence by the Denver cops. But an additional shooting on Depew that didn't result in a death is also said to have linkage to gangs.

Last night, a community meeting on the gang issue brought out a large crowd and plenty of passion.

The first incident took place at the Lex at Lowry apartment complex, 240 South Monaco, around 12:40 a.m. on Sunday, March 15.

In the beginning, as we reported, police were called to the scene as a result of a noise complaint.

The person who called thought the racket had been caused by fireworks.

Instead, gunshots were to blame.

In addition, said one person at the scene, "my roommate heard people screaming."

What spurred the tragedy? The investigation is currently focusing on a party at the apartment complex.

Presumably, some attendees got into a beef outside the building — and that's when the bullets started to fly.

Yesterday, the Denver coroner's office identified the two men killed as Tyrael Lamar Adams, 28, and Deanthony Clyde Williams, thirty.

The Denver Police Department tweeted about the next slaying at 9:43 p.m. on the 15th.

The home where the shooting took place is on the corner of Pontiac and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The victim in that case has now been ID'd as Jeffrey Starks, 27.

On top of that, a shooting early on Monday, March 16, happened on Depew Street. Here's the tweet from the Denver Police Department, whose reps have now said this incident was gang-related, too.
A community meeting at the District 2 police station featuring Denver Police Chief Robert White and Manager of Safety Stephanie O'Malley brought out plenty of former gang members hoping to stop the violence, as well as longtime community advocates such as the Reverend Leon Kelly.

"This is not a police issue," Kelly said. "This is a community issue. Many of these youngsters are the offspring of some of the older ones."

Of twelve murders that have taken place in Denver thus far in 2015, eight of them had something to do with gangs, police say.

No arrests have been made in either the Lowry or Pontiac killings. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

Here's a 7News report about last night's meeting.

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