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Marvin Joel Rosario-Lopez busted for 11th and Lincoln murder, victim Roland Smith ID'd (50)

Update: More information has emerged about the murder of Roland Smith, for which Marvin Joel Rosario-Lopez has been officially charged by the Denver District Attorney's Office.

Turns out that Smith, 47, was at The Hive, a club at 11th and Lincoln, to see his son's band play -- and another son was injured in the resulting melee.

The details come from CBS4, which quotes Smith's musician-son Dru as saying his dad hadn't previously seen him perform in public with his band, making the evening a "special night."

Unfortunately, circumstances turned tragic when a series of fights broke out just after 1 a.m. According to the station, these scraps moved into the street, with Smith winding up outside the venue as well. Amid the confusion, a man identified by police as Rosario-Lopez, who's said to have a length police record marked with drug arrests aplenty, pulled out a gun and fired, striking Smith with a fatal shot.

Smith's other son, Devin, was beaten badly enough during the battle that he had to undergo surgery. He's expected to make a full recovery physically, but the psychological wounds left on the brothers are much more profound.

In an interview with the outlet, Dru called the crime "senseless. All my daddy was doing was to come see me do what I love doing in life. Someone had to take him from us. But at least he got to see my dream before he went home."

Rosario-Lopez was detained by security guards at the scene, and he's now been formally slapped with two extremely serious counts: first-degree murder after deliberation and first-degree murder with extreme indifference.

Look below to see Rosario-Lopez's mug shot, followed by the CBS4 report and our earlier coverage.

Marvin Rosario-Lopez.
Marvin Rosario-Lopez.

Continue for our previous coverage of Roland Smith's murder, including video and an interactive graphic.

 

Update, 1:04 p.m. November 5: Moments after our post about a weekend murder in the vicinity of 11th and Lincoln went live, the Denver coroner's office released the name of the victim in the case: Roland Smith, 47. The cause of death is pending the completion of an autopsy later today, but there's no doubt about its manner: homicide. Look below to see our previous coverage.

Original post, 12:52 p.m. November 5: Just days after the fatal stabbing of Ryan Haldeman on Capitol Hill, another slaying took place mere blocks from the golden dome.

At this writing, the victim hasn't been identified, but the person busted for the crime has. Marvin Joel Rosario-Lopez, 24, is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder.

The Denver Police Department release on the incident lists the location where officers were called at about 1:13 a.m. on Sunday morning, November 4, as 11th and Broadway. But as seen in coverage by CBS4, the actual location of the killing was closer to 11th and Lincoln -- mere steps away from the TV station, whose address is 1044 Lincoln.

Cops say several groups were involved in an altercation near the intersection, with participants apparently spilling from a nearby nightclub that has yet to be named. In the midst of the melee, a man police believe to be Rosario-Lopez pulled out a gun and opened fire. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, but he did not survive his wounds.

At this writing, the DPD has not released a Rosario-Lopez mug shot. In the meantime, the two slayings, which both took place during the early morning hours near neighborhood hangouts (Haldeman was killed outside Pub on Penn) raises the sort of questions about let-out violence that are explored in Alan Prendergast's 2010 feature article "Asphalt Jungle," subtitled, "For years, Denver police thought this parking lot was the most dangerous spot in LoDo. What's changed?" Also see an accompanying post for a let-out video.

Below, check out the CBS4 report on the Rosario-Lopez arrest, followed by an interactive graphic of the area near the scene; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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More from our News archive: "Video: A walking tour through Let Out in LoDo, 2010."


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