On Saturday, the wall on Zachary Sare's Facebook page began filling up with best wishes for his 24th birthday.
Shortly thereafter, however, the posts took on a tragic character. That's because Sare was killed that evening in an incident that's being investigated as a homicide.
There aren't a lot of photos on Sare's page, but several of those that appear feature him clowning around. Here's an example:
There's also this portrait, which we've cropped....
...and numerous shots of him posing with children. Like this one:
A far grimmer portrait is painted by the Denver Police Department, whose reps have released only scant information thus far about the incident that led to Sare's death. According to the DPD, officers were called to 1160 South Navajo Street at around 9:40 p.m. Saturday in regard to a reported shooting. When they arrived, they found a man later identified as Sare suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The Denver coroner's office subsequently revealed that Sare had died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest. "The manner of death is homicide," the office's notice concludes.
Thus far, Denver police say there's no suspect description available. However, one post on Sare's Facebook wall adds a key detail. It reads in part, "It's even worse because your killer threw away the weapon so now he's loose again. This is such a screwed up situation. I hope they get him one day."
Other expressions of grief are heart-rending. Take this one:
Tears run down my face as i don't know what to say..... i miss you every day
And this one:
Zach... no one can explain the impact you have made on so many lives and touched so many souls. You were by far one of the most unselfish people one could have the pleasure in meeting. Your witty sense of humor and goofy self kept people laughing even on their worst days! Though you were taken from our lives far too early I will always remember all the great times we all shared together as kids on Webster and all the crazy great times as adults. You will forever be in my heart and soul! I love n miss u! R.I.P Zachariah!
Still, the most emotional post has to be the one from Sare's mother, whose words are as simple as they are tragic. She writes:
Happy Birthday My son RIP your mom will always love You I will miss You very much Love mom
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The page notes that services for Sare will take place at noon Friday, September 14, at BridgeWay Church, 5201 East Warren.
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