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The 2009 Denver homicide roster: See where more than 40 of them happened

Murders were down within Denver's city limits last year -- but the homicide roundup released by the Denver Coroner's Office yesterday remains a grim roster of pain and death.

Below, find an accounting of all 45 homicides totted up by the DCO last year, complete with basic information the victims, the time and cause of their death, and graphics depicting most of the areas in which they died (if you have problems seeing the images, click "View Larger Map"). Also look for links to numerous stories providing more information as found in our Mile High Murder archives.

The numbers may be lower than they were the previous year -- but undoubtedly everyone will agree that they still aren't nearly low enough.


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1. Michael Thomas, black, age 43

Date and time of death: 1-9-09, 9:25 p.m.

Cause of death: Sharp force injury to the abdomen

Location: 3421 Humboldt Street


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2. Frank Blair II, black, age 21

Date and time of death: 2-4-09, 5:33 p.m.

Cause of death: Multiple gunshot wounds

Location: 5000 Victor Way


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3. Michael Chavez, Hispanic, age 36

Date and time of death: 2-14-09, 8:36 a.m.

Cause of death: Complications of multiple stab wounds

Location: 920 S. Yates Street


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4. Davlan Reagor, black, age 37

Date and time of death: 2-27-09, 12:04 a.m.

Cause of death: Gunshot wound of head

Location: Near 5th Avenue and Downing Street


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5. Roberto Jimenez, Hispanic, age 21

Date and time of death: 3-5-09, 8:59 p.m.

Cause of death: Penetrating gunshot wound to left arm and chest

Location: 7232 E. Colfax


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6. Dana White Calf, Indian, age 34

Date and time of death: 3-12-09, 1:56 a.m.

Cause of death: Probably asphyxia due to severe subglottic stenosis and dislodged tracheostomy tube

Location: 1400 block of North Corona


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7. James Woodard III, black, age 40

Date and time of death: 4-25-09, 12:07 a.m.

Cause of death: Perforating gunshot wound to head

Location: 2915 Pontiac Street


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8. Natnael Mulugeta, black, 27

Date and time of death: 5-2-09

Cause of death: Perforating rife wound of thorax

Location: 567 East Louisiana Avenue


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9. Alfredo Gonzalez-Ramos, Hispanic, age 32

Date and time of death: 5-29-09, 1:18 a.m.

Cause of death: Multiple gunshot wounds of chest and extremities

Location: 2727 W. 6th Avenue


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10. Lilian Verdonkschot, white, age 49

Date and time of death: 5-29-09, 7 a.m.

Cause of death: Complications of multiple blunt force injuries

Location: 6th and Broadway


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11. Ivory Mefford, white, age 28

Date and time of death: 5-30-09, 5:43 a.m.

Cause of death: Gunshot wound of trunk entering

Location: 659 S. Pennsylvania


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12: Jacob Medina, Hispanic, age 21

Date and time of death: 5-31-09, 3:27 a.m.

Cause of death: Puncture/stab wound of chest causing pericardial tamponade

Location: Near Pecos and Arizona


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13: Edgar Nunez, Hispanic, age 21

Date and time of death: 5-31-09, 10:00 p.m.

Cause of death: Penetrating gunshot wound to abdomen

Location: 3400 York Street


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14. William Ortiz, Hispanic, age 21

Date and time of death: 6-6-09, 6:09 a.m.

Cause of death: Penetrating gunshot wound to head

Location: 2400 S. Federal


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15. Stephen Ramirez, Hispanic, age 24

Date and time of death: 6-9-09, 1:15 a.m.

Cause of death: Multiple stab wounds

Location: 1232 W. 46th Avenue


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16. Eugene Velarde, Hispanic, age 25

Date and time of death: 6-10-09, 6:44 p.m.

Cause of death: Multiple gunshot wounds to the chest

Location: West 17th Avenue at Sheridan


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17. Morail Bell, Sr., black, age 33

Date and time of death: 6-21-09, 1:11 a.m.

Cause of death: Gunshot wound of chest

Location: 12585 E. Albrook Drive, building 39


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18. Christian Hernandez, Hispanic, age 22

Date and time of death: 6-22-09, 4:25 p.m.

Cause of death: Gunshot wound of chest

Location: 9600 E. Girard Avenue, Apt. 5-E


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19. Eduardo Sanchez-Banuelos, Hispanic, age 19

Date and time of death: 6-22-09, 4:25 p.m.

Cause of death: Multiple gunshot wounds

Location: 9600 E. Girard Avenue


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20. Audry Nunez, white, age 34

Date and time of death: 6-23-09, 9:59 a.m.

Cause of death: Sharp force injuries of neck

Location: 4914 Enid Way


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21. Richard Romero, Hispanic, age 40

Date and time of death: 6-25-09, 10:04 a.m.

Cause of death: Complications of blunt force injuries of head due to physical assault

Location: 3045 W. Alaska Place


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22. Paul Shorts, white, age 31

Date and time of death: 6-29-09, 9:35 p.m.

Cause of death: Anoxic brain injury due to cardiorespiratory arrest due to stab wound of chest

Location: 1331 North Downing Street #103


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23. Hector Esparza, Hispanic, age 25

Date and time of death: 7-2-09, 2:54 a.m.

Cause of death: Multiple gunshot wounds

Location: 4503 Fillmore Street


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24. Bill Strother, black, age 70

Date and time of death: 7-4-09, 11:34 p.m.

Cause of death: Perforating gunshot wound of chest

Location: 14954 East Elk Place


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25. Jimmy Harmon, black, age 57

Date and time of death: 7-19-09, 9:10 a.m.

Cause of death: Complications of sharp and blunt force injuries

Location: 3600 block of Leyden Street


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26. James Foos, white, age 48

Date and time of death: 8-05-09, 3:05 a.m.

Cause of death: Rupture thoracic aorta due to gunshot wound

Location: 900 block of East Colfax Avenue


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27. Anthony Cisneros, Hispanic, age 42

Date and time of death: 8-10-09, 8:23 a.m.

Cause of death: Complications of penetrating stab wound to abdomen

Location: Alameda Avenue between Knox Court and Julian Street


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28. Christopher Camack, black, age 19

Date and time of death: 9-11-09, 2:43 p.m.

Cause of death: Gunshot wound of trunk

Location: 3246 Albion Street


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29. Alba Ruiz-Mazariego, Hispanic, age 24

Date and time of death: 9-13-09, 8:05 p.m.

Cause of death: Perforating contact gunshot wounds to head

Location: 4762 Peoria Street

30. Gerald Kirby, Jr., black, age 22

Date and time of death: 9-26-09, 1:51 a.m.

Cause of death: Perforating gunshot wound of pelvis

Location: Unknown


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31. Barbara Irish, white, age 53

Date and time of death: 9-28-09, 3:55 a.m.

Cause of death: Complications of penetrating gunshot wound of head

Location: 2530 E. 40th Avenue

32. Eldon Martinez, Indian, age 46

Date and time of death: 10-5-09, 4:44 a.m.

Cause of death: Complications of blunt force injury to head

Location: Espanola, Rio Arriba, NM


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33. Judith Atkinson, white, age 47

Date and time of death: 10-08-09, 8:58 a.m.

Cause of death: Asphyxia due to ligature strangulation

Location: 3042 Humboldt Street


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34. Keyru Lolo (AKA 40 Yoder), black, age 24

Date and time of death: 10-16-09, 9:27 p.m.

Cause of death: Complications of gunshot wound of head

Location: 1150 Syracuse Street


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35. Matthew Dailey, white, under age one

Date and time of death: 10-17-09, 5:01 p.m.

Cause of death: Complications of blunt force injury to head

Location: 212 Lincoln Street


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36. Lloyd Running Bear, Indian, age 29

Date and time of death: 10-22-09, 4:28 p.m.

Cause of death: Multiple gunshot wounds

Location: 1630 Welton Street


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37. John McGaughy-Singleton, black, age 29

Date and time of death: 11-5-09, 6:03 a.m.

Cause of death: Transection of spinal cord at C2 due to penetrating gunshot wound of left posterior shoulder

Location: 4040 E. Evans


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38. Jessica Porter, white, age 28

Date and time of death: 11-6-09, 1:10 a.m.

Cause of death: Complications of strangulation

Location: 1873 S. Clermont


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39. Hershal Johnson, white, age 48

Date and time of death: 11-6-09, 11:35 a.m.

Cause of death: Blunt force injuries to neck and chest due to altercation with another

Location: 1718 King Street


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40. Francisco Silva-Ruelas, Hispanic, age 35

Date and time of death: 11-6-09, 5:43 a.m.

Cause of death: Blunt force injuries to the abdomen

Location: 5115 Federal Boulevard


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41. Robert Clarke, aka Stanley Ledbetter, black, age 56

Date and time of death: 11-18-09, 6:57 a.m.

Cause of death: Gunshot wounds of head and neck

Location: 3300 block between Blake and Walnut Street


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42. Cheriece Knox, black, age 30

Date and time of death: 11-19-09, 10:37 a.m.

Cause of death: Perforating gunshot wound of head

Location: 4300 block alley between York Street and Josephine Street


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43. Ernest Burke, black, age 29

Date and time of death: 11-21-09, 3:30 a.m.

Cause of death: Gunshot wound of neck

Location: 8315 E. Colfax Avenue


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44. Allisen Falk-Compton, white, age 22

Date and time of death: 12-13-09, 8:01 a.m.

Cause of death: Complications of two perforating gunshot wounds of head

Location: 5000 block of Fillmore Street and Clayton Street

45. Charlie Hardy Jr., black, age 35

Date and time of death: 12-13-09, 3:45 p.m.

Cause of death: Multiple sharp force injuries

Location: 2200 block alley of Clarkson / Emerson Stree


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