Ronald Barry ID'd as man who died at Alicia, The Boutique -- but why commit suicide there?

Update: Thanks to the Denver coroner's office, we now know the name of the man who killed himself in Cherry Creek North's Alicia, The Boutique on Monday: Ronald Barry, 63.

But while clues are surfacing about why he might have committed this desperate act, we're no closer to understanding his choice of location.

The Denver Post reports that Barry was once convicted of shoplifting -- but that was in 1987, almost a quarter-century ago. Since then, he twice filed for bankruptcy, most recently in 2004.

Extrapolating from these past events to Monday is mighty tough -- and given reports that Barry wasn't known to the folks at Alicia, this puzzle seems no closer to being solved. And may never be.

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Original item, February 7, 12:57 p.m.:Alicia, The Boutique, located in Cherry Creek North, is a chic business -- the sort of place that hosts wine-and-cheese soirees and posts videos like the one below, which offers fashion and style tips.

Which makes the suicide that took place there earlier today even more shocking.

According to the Denver Post, the first call received by the Denver Police Department reported a robbery -- but that doesn't seem quite right. A man reportedly came into the shop and displayed a gun, prompting the employee on hand at the time to flee. As she did so, she heard a gunshot. The man was subsequently found dead from a self-inflicted head wound.

No names yet. We'll update this post when more information is released. Until then, here's the aforementioned video, which provides a look inside the boutique.

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