Update: Rollin Oliver, 21, was born on Christmas Day -- but what he just received from the Denver District Attorney's Office can't be considered an early gift. He's now been formally charged with first-degree murder/extreme indifference in the City Park slaying of Denver police officer Celena Holli ... More >>
Update: More information is emerging about Rollin Oliver, the man arrested following the fatal shooting of Denver Police officer Celena Hollis after a jazz event at City Park on Sunday night -- including increasingly solid reports establishing his gang affiliation. Not that this link offers much com ... More >>
Our recent interview with Reverend Leon Kelly touched on gang violence (exemplified by the daylight murders of Justin O'Donnell and Deon Rudd) and the gentrification of Five Points and the surrounding area. This last topic prompted a fascinating comment about changing neighborhood dynamics against t ... More >>
Denver Police haven't confirmed that the shockingly public slayings of Justin O'Donnell and Deon Rudd in northeast Denver on Friday were gang-related. But Reverend Leon Kelly, the veteran activist behind Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, sees gang connections in this terrible act and many others th ... More >>
Last week, when we noted that the number of Denver homicides during the first quarter of 2012 was up from 2010 and 2011. But the nine Denver victims through the end of last month hardly encompass all the violence that's gone on in these parts of late -- including the death of Manuel Munoz, which esc ... More >>
The victim of a shooting last week near 29th and Franklin has been identified as De'Quan Walker-Smith, eighteen -- and while the Denver Police Department hasn't specifically categorized the crime as gang-related, the dangers of this lifestyle hung over a weekend vigil in Walker-Smith's honor -- and ... More >>
On October 28, 2010, a 26-year-old inmate named Terrell Griswold was found slumped over and unresponsive in his cell in the Bent County Correctional Facility, a private prison in southeastern Colorado. The official cause of death is listed as cardiac hypertrophy, or an enlarged heart. But Lagalia Af ... More >>
Donny Andrews."Hello, my name is Donny Andrews. I am a first-time, non-violent offender who has been in prison for 23 years on an 80-year sentence... I came to prison at 20 years of age in 1989, and I am now 43 years old." Thus begins a recent letter of appeal from Andrews, a former small-t ... More >>
Governor Bill RitterIn their last days in office, some governors have been known to make bold moves in the criminal justice arena, denouncing ruinous policies and commuting long sentences as a way of highlighting unfair biases in the system. As demonstrated by the modest set of pardons he d ... More >>
Leon Kelly.Governor Bill Ritter today issued full pardons to twenty people around Colorado, including the Reverend Leon Kelly, who has been a well-known public figure and anti-gang crusader since 1986 when he founded the Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives. Kelly, whose late father was also a ... More >>
Elvis Dumervil, the Denver Broncos sacking machine who will be a starter in the 2010 Pro Bowl, puts those long arms to use from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at 8 Rivers, where he'll be bartending to help raise money for Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, a group he's been working with for the past eig ... More >>
Members of the Metro Denver Gang Coalition are at a crossroads, hoping they can keep the peace through the rest of the year.
Vett Capone has steered his custom-car business from lowriders to a new high.
A sports columnist is risking the ire of readers by writing about gangs -- and criticizing local media for not adequately covering the topic.
They created Denver's gang life. A generation later, can they break free?
From the week of October 13, 2005
From the week of September 29, 2005
A late-summer confrontation leaves two families grieving.
Before Brad Braxton goes to a gangster's final destination, he has a choice to make.
Say Word! lets poets speak out.
Denver lends a hand to a hero who took a bullet.
Robert Duran got jacked up. Then he grew up.
Brandy DuVall went through hell before she died. She left no angels as witnesses.
They met because they wanted to fight gangs. Ten years later, Leon Kelly and Lloyd Lewan are a gang of two.
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