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Jarell Jordan Rivers and Paul Maurice Chatman, Mile High Murders No. 79 and 80: Victims identified, suspects released in Sommerset Gardens slayings

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Earlier this week, we told you about a double homicide near the Sommerset Garden Apartments in Aurora.

The victims have now been identified: Jarrel Jordan Rivers, eighteen, and Paul Maurice Chatman, 28. However, the two suspects who were grabbed shortly after the police arrived on scene are no longer in custody -- and for the time being, the Aurora Police Department isn't saying anything about their release.

Look below to check out an interactive graphic of the location to which police were called (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"), as well as the latest APD release, its immediate predecessor, and a video touting the apartment complex on a peaceful day.


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Names Released in Connection with Monday's Fatal Shooting

Aurora Police are identifying the two individuals who died in a fatal shooting that occurred on Monday as 18-year-old Jarell Jordan Rivers of Aurora and 28-year-old Paul Maurice Chatman of Denver.

The two individuals who were taken into custody during the early stages of this investigation are not in custody at this time.

This case continues to be actively investigated by the Police Department.

Information Previously Released on March 29, 2010 at 11:33 p.m.

Police Investigate Fatal Shooting

Aurora, Colo. -- Shortly before 6:30 p.m. this evening, Aurora Police Officers responded to an apartment complex near East Mississippi Avenue and Blackhawk Street on a report of a shooting.

The preliminary investigation determined that a responding Officer spotted a vehicle leaving the scene of the shooting. Attempts by the Officer to stop the vehicle were unsuccessful. The driver's failure to yield to the Officer resulted in a pursuit. The vehicle was pursued to an area of the city near 1st Avenue and Chambers Road where it came to a stop. The two occupants of the vehicle fled on foot, but were apprehended by Officers and then taken to Aurora Police Headquarters for questioning. Police are working with preliminary information suggesting that there may have been a third person in this vehicle that managed to avoid apprehension.

Responding Officers discovered two victims in the parking lot of the apartment complex suffering from gunshot wounds. The victims were transported to a local hospital where they were subsequently pronounced deceased as a result of their serious injuries.

Officers worked quickly to secure the crime scene area, identified witnesses and requested detectives at the scene.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit (MCU) and personnel with the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit responded to the scene, the hospital and Aurora Police Headquarters to collect evidence, interview witnesses and track down leads in the case.

It is unclear at this time what transpired in the parking lot in the moments leading up to the shooting, or what role the two persons who were taken into custody after the pursuit may have played in the shooting.

Police are not releasing the identity of the deceased victims at this time pending positive identification and notification of family members.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call MCU Detective Hershel Stowell at (303)739-6079.

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