Michael House, R.I.P.: Rapper and Dad Murdered Defending a Woman

Earlier this week, we told you about the search for Kenneth Bastidos, a suspect in a May 4 murder outside an Adams County motel.

At this writing, there have been no reports about Bastidos's capture.

But a second man, Jose Ocampo, has been formally charged with first-degree murder after deliberation, first-degree murder extreme indifference and attempted first-degree murder — and because he's accused of committing a crime of violence as a habitual offender, his sentence could be enhanced if he's found guilty.

Meanwhile, we've learned much more about the victim of the crime, Michael House.

House's sister, Danielle Urban, acknowledges that he had his own troubles with the law. But she stresses that he was a loving father of three as well as a rapper who recorded under the name Syklone Co3. Indeed, a song he wrote as a tribute to two relatives who died will now be played at his own funeral, which takes place tomorrow; details below.

As we've reported, House's murder happened at around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, in the parking lot of a Super 8 Motel.

The location: 5888 Broadway, just north of East 58th Avenue near I-25.

Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots, but police haven't shared details about what went down.

However, Urban says it's her understanding that House was in the company of a woman whom he died defending.

We're not identifying the woman, who didn't respond to an interview request.

But after House's death, she posted the following on Facebook:
I can't believe this is happening I feel like I'm on an episode of the first 48... RIP My Primary I love you so much House I owe my life to you I will never forget you Michael RIP.
When asked about her brother, whom everyone knew simply as "House," Urban notes that he had three kids, ages one, two and eight, and while he and his wife had separated, "he always made sure his family was taken care of. His kids were his world. That's what he wanted in life. He wanted to take care of his babies, and he told everyone he'd always protect them no matter what, even if it cost him his life."

She adds that "he did struggle at times. He was in and out of prison. But he was working on his life, and he had a great sense of humor. He was always the center of attention, and he rapped; he made CDs that he left behind. Now they're the only way I can listen to his voice."

The ReverbNation page devoted to the music he made as Syklone Co3 includes the song "Better Place (In the Works)." Urban says "he made it last year for our uncle, who passed away, and for our little cousin Joey, who committed suicide. Now this is his song. It will be played at his funeral."

Here's the song:

Urban adds: "Please keep his voice and lyrics alive."

The funeral for Michael House is scheduled to take place at Romero Funeral Home in Denver beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, followed at 1 p.m. by a potluck reception at the VFW hall located at 4747 West Colfax. Click here for more details.

After the murder, those House left behind gathered at the motel to remember him; Urban says his blood was still visible in the parking lot.

Below, see photos from that gathering, followed by a memorial image. In the meantime, we offer our sincere condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Michael House.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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