Crime

Laura Emery ID'd as victim in W. Wesley Ave. HIV/AIDS group-living facility stabbing (2)

Update: The Denver coroner's office has identified the woman stabbed to death at a HIV/AIDS group-living facility on West Wesley Avenue.

Laura Emery, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene. Look below for our earlier coverage of this crime.

Original item, 9:33 a.m. May 26: Early this morning, a forty-something woman reportedly living at a group home for people who are HIV positive was stabbed to death.

No victim or suspect information released to date, but the Denver Police Department is investigating the case as a homicide.

That information is contained in the following tweet from the DPD Twitter feed:

OVERNIGHT: DPD Offcrs and Dets investigated a Homicide at 2420 West Wesley Ave.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

According to 7News, Anita Rich, who lives next to the facility, was awakened at around 2 a.m. by a frantic resident of the home, who told her a woman was dead. She found the victim in a hallway drenched in blood, with more blood coming from her nose and mouth. Rich said the woman had AIDS, but was active, motivated, and always kind to Rich's children while gardening outside the facility.

Look below to see an interactive graphic of 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: "Denise Fransua killed by Steven Romero in Highlands/38th & Bryant murder-suicide (1)."

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