Crime

Death Metal Guitarist Michael Contreras After He Failed to Kill His Mom: "Damn It"


In recent years, Michael Contreras has played guitar for a Fort Collins death-metal band called Make It Till Mourning.

Now, he stands accused of having tried to cause the death of his own mother.

And he's said to have been bummed he didn't succeed.

Here's a publicity photo of Make It Till Mourning. Contreras is second from the right.


It's unclear how active the group is at present.

While Contreras's Facebook info section continues to list him as the group's guitarist, the most recent post on the band's own page was shared in August 2014.

Moreover, videos by the group accessible on YouTube mostly date to two or three years ago.

Here's a clip from March 2012....


...and another one from April of that year....


...as well as a guitar versus Guitar Hero Facebook clip from 2013:

guitar/guitar hero montage

Guitar montage of guitarist Michael showing off some new ideas accompanied by the worlds greatest guitar hero-drummer of all time, Bronson. please enjoy ;)

Posted by Make It Till Mourning on Saturday, January 19, 2013

In recent days, however, Contreras has gotten publicity for a lot more than his music.

At 12:51 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17, according to Fort Collins Police Services, officers responded to a report of a woman who had been cut on the neck.

The weapon: a box cutter. The location: the parking lot of the Larimer County Courthouse, at 200 West Oak in FoCo.

Here's an image from the scene courtesy of 7News....

...and another angle via CBS4:


Contreras's victim was quickly ID'd as his mother.

She was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The Fort Collins police stress that she's expected to survive.

As for Contreras, he was taken into custody on-site.


A police report obtained by the Fort Collins Coloradoan adds more details about what happened next.

According to the document, Contreras told investigators that he'd been thinking about killing his mother for a few days before stabbing her.

The officer then told Contreras that his mom would live.

His alleged reply: "Damn it. That's disappointing."

At present, Contreras is being held on a $1 million bond. He has a court date scheduled for November 24. Here's a look at his booking photo.



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