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Victor Baltazar wanted in murder of Jose Gutierrez-Peredia on West Mississippi (15)

Thirteen-year-old Reysean Abram, who was shot to death while riding his bike, wasn't the only homicide victim in the metro area over the long Labor Day weekend.

Also killed was Jose Gutierrez-Peredia, 25. And while police haven't made an arrest yet in the case (unlike the Abram slaying), investigators are confident they know who pulled the trigger: Victor Baltazar, 39. However, his current whereabouts are unknown. Look below for crime details and more photos of Baltazar.

At 10:20 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, according to the Denver Police Department, officers were called to the Mariposa Apartments, at 1330 West Mississippi Avenue. The complex is seen in this DPD photo:

Victor Baltazar wanted in murder of Jose Gutierrez-Peredia on West Mississippi (15)

There, they found the body of Gutierrez-Peredia, who'd been shot and killed.

Investigators quickly gathered enough evidence to justify a first-degree-murder arrest warrant in Baltazar's name and released the following photo, found on his Facebook page:

Victor Baltazar wanted in murder of Jose Gutierrez-Peredia on West Mississippi (15)

Neither the page from which this photo was culled or another one in Baltazar's name overflow with content. But they do include a few other images, all of which show him sporting Western finery. Here's one shot....

Victor Baltazar wanted in murder of Jose Gutierrez-Peredia on West Mississippi (15)

...and another:

Victor Baltazar wanted in murder of Jose Gutierrez-Peredia on West Mississippi (15)

Anyone with information about Baltazar and where he's currently holing up is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered in the case.

In the meantime, our condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Jose Gutierrez-Peredia.

More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Marquise Lewis, two juveniles busted in on-bike murder of Reysean Abram, thirteen (14)."


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