Isaiah Garcia, eighteen-year-old teen father, murdered on Knox Court (42)

Update: We now have more information about a homicide that took place last week on Knox Court.

The victim, identified as Isaiah Garcia, eighteen, reportedly opened his apartment door in response to persistent knocking and was greeted with fatal gunfire.

Garcia was shot in the neck and died shortly thereafter.

The teen had been in trouble before, having recently been released from juvenile probation. However, his father told 9News that his son was turning over a new leaf and planned to buckle down in support of his seventeen-month-old toddler, Xavier, and his girlfriend, Andrea Holquin, also eighteen. She was in the apartment when the bullets began to fly.

At this point, the Denver Police Department has little to go on. The shooters who sped away in a car apparently wore bandannas that masked their features

According to 9News, Tru Tattoo, at 3609 West Colfax in Denver, is offering a $20 tattoo deal, with proceeds earmarked for the Garcia family. See the station's report below, followed by our previous coverage.

Original item, 7:26 a.m. March 23: Each year, the warming weather seems to bring with it a dismal side effect -- a corresponding rise in the number of homicides.

Example: Less than a week after the slaying of Billy Newson near Colfax and Pearl (a crime for which Anthony Escobedo has been arrested) comes word of a killing on Knox Court.

The Denver Police Department is thus far keeping quiet about details of this incident. The only info released thus far: At about 1:30 a.m. this morning, cops were phoned about shots fired on the 1300 block of Knox, followed by a second call about an individual who'd been shot on that same stretch.

The person in question is only being identified at this writing as an eighteen year old male. He was still alive when officers arrived, but he was subsequently pronounced dead at Denver Health.

Nothing about the circumstances or possible suspects to date.

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