Denise Fransua killed by Steven Romero in Highlands/38th & Bryant murder-suicide (1)

Update: The Denver coroner's office has released the name of the victim and the victimizer in a murder-suicide at a Highlands-area home near 38th and Bryant on Tuesday.

Denise Fransua died of a gunshot wound to the chest from Steven Romero, who then fatally shot himself in the head.

Fransua, 44, was an addiction counselor in Parker -- and as reported by the Denver Post, her relationship with Romero, also 44, was spotty. Though never married, the couple lived together from 2006 until last year, at which point Fransua took out a restraining order against Romero.

As for Romero, he was charged with a variety of crimes, ranging from vehicle theft to public drunkenness, between 1987 and 1990 -- but apparently nothing additional until the horrific events earlier this week.

Page down to see our earlier coverage.

Original item, 7:27 a.m. May 18: Our Mile High Murder blog launched on May 17, 2009, making yesterday the start of year three.

And unfortunately, it kicked off with what appears to be a murder-suicide at a Highlands area home near the intersection of 38th and Bryant.

Thus far, Denver Police are releasing little information about the man and woman found dead at the home around 5:30 p.m. yesterday, including their relationship to each other, beyond noting that one of them lived there and the other didn't. The coroner's office is currently determining the cause of death.

Look below to see 9News coverage of the crime, followed by an interactive graphic showing the area near the scene; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

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More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Mile High Murder, No. 1: On the 1600 block of Ouray Street in Aurora."

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