The hearse carrying the remains of airman Shaquille Hargrove, who was shot dead on the streets of LoDo early Saturday morning, drove through Buckley Air Force Base this morning on its way to North Carolina, where Hargrove's services will be held. It was sad moment for the staff at Buckley, who will be commemorating two more residents of the base this weekend: Air Force Staff Sergeant Jesse Childress and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class John Thomas Larimer. They were both slain on July 20, 2012, during the Aurora theater shooting. The base is offering mental counseling for staff members, as well as religious services in honor of the late military men.
And the area around 15th and Market streets, where Hargrove passed away, remain off-limits to Buckley personnel.
On Tuesday the Denver Police Department released this sketch of the man suspected to have fatally shot 19-tear-old Hargrove:
Here's the original post on the slaying from the Buckley website.
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7/14/2013 - BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- At approximately 2:15 a.m. July 13, one Airman was killed and one Airman was injured in an incident at 15th and Market Streets in Denver.
The deceased is Airman 1st Class Shaquille Hargrove, 19, 2nd Space Warning Squadron satellite systems operator. He was fatally wounded during the incident and was pronounced dead 2:28 a.m. July 13.
The injured Airman was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He has been released from the medical facility.
"On behalf of myself and Team Buckley, I want to offer my sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those affected by this tragic incident," said Col. Dan Wright, 460th Space Wing commander. "Our Airmen are the greatest assets in the Air Force, and we lost a valuable member of Team Buckley this weekend."
The incident is currently under investigation by the Denver Police Department. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Buckley is also coordinating with the police department.
The 460th SW commander has temporarily placed the vicinity of 15th and Market Streets off limits to 460th Space Wing members to allow investigators to conduct a thorough investigation. The order is scheduled to remain in effect until the investigation determines the area to be safe for 460th SW members.
The chapel staff, military family life consultants and mental health professionals are available to all members of Team Buckley.
"Taking care of our Airmen and families is a top priority, and we're doing all we can to tend to the needs of Airman Hargrove's friends, family and fellow Airmen," Wright said.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
If anyone has any information about the incident, to include any photos or video footage, please contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).
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