Crime

Jeffrey Starks ID'd in Pontiac at MLK Homicide Tied to Gang Violence (38)

Update: The Denver Police Department has identified the man killed in the incident described below as Jeffrey Starks, 27 — and the Denver Police Department has publicly tied the killing to gang violence.

Read more in our March 17 post GANGS TIED TO 3 WEEKEND MURDERS AND ADDITIONAL SHOOTING, COMMUNITY UPSET. Continue for our previous coverage.

Original post: A short time ago, we told you about a shooting outside a Lowry apartment complex that left two men dead.

A shockingly violent act — and hardly the only one that took place in Denver on Sunday.


Last night, another shooting took place at a private residence.

A man is dead as a result — but many questions remain unanswered.

Here's the first tweet from the Denver Police Department, sent out at 9:43 p.m. on Sunday, March 15:
The home where the shooting took place as on the corner of Pontiac and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Here's an interactive graphic showing the area near the scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."



View Larger MapThe DPD's followup tweet confirmed the worst.

The shooting outside the Lex at Lowry apartment complex shortly after midnight on Sunday was connected to a party taking place there.

At this writing, however, we know little about what may have spurred the slaying on Pontiac Street.

Thus far, no suspect information has been released.

Neither has the victim been identified.

The Denver coroner's office is expected to reveal the name of the man shot to death following next-of-kin contact.

As a result, we only know that a man is dead — and he was among four victims to perish over an approximate 24-hour span in the Denver area.

Here's a CBS4 report from the scene.


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