Update: The Denver medical examiner has now identified the person found dead at 2371 Monaco as Larry Buerman, 53. He died of a stab wound to the chest. Yesterday, the Denver Police Department was unwilling to identify the incident as a crime -- but the coroner's office displays no such reticence. Its announcement concludes with the line, "The manner of death is homicide."
At this writing, the DPD hasn't issued any releases about arrests or suspects. Look below for our earlier coverage.
Original item, 12:58 p.m. August 23: Denver Police are not yet describing the investigation of a fatality yesterday afternoon at 2371 Monaco Street a homicide -- and there are certainly some unusual aspects about the case at this early point.
For one thing, the victim's roommate is said to have initially called the fire department instead of the cops, apparently not realizing the man had been stabbed.
According to the DPD, fire department personnel showed up at the residence around 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon and soon determined that the victim had sustained a stab wound. Shortly thereafter, police were notified and the injured party was rushed to Swedish Medical Center, where he was declared dead.
At this point, neither the victim nor any suspects have been named, and the cops emphasize that they don't know how the fatal injuries took place. Presumably, an autopsy will help determine if this incident was a crime or something else entirely.
Look below to see an interactive graphic of the area near the scene; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
View Larger Map
More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Frances Garcia allegedly used blanket to quiet crying baby Adam Gonzales -- permanently (13)."
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.