Crime

More 2015 Larimer Cty. Homicides So Far Than All of 2014: See Where They Happened


Earlier this week, a post featuring maps of Denver homicides during the first half of 2015 noted that the number of incidents — twenty — was in line with the totals from recent years.

For instance, there were also twenty Denver homicides during the first six months of 2012 and 22 in the same time period circa 2013.

Larimer County has racked up fewer homicides during 2015 to date: six, with a seventh taking place just beyond county lines but frequently included because it's part of the investigation into northern Colorado shootings and glass shatterings.

This sum remains distressing, however. As pointed out by the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the six homicides is more than were recorded during all of 2014.

Last year saw five homicides in Larimer County — and the number around this time in 2014 stood at just two.

The most recent incident involved 25-year-old Randall "Randy" Cargill, seen above, who was allegedly killed by someone he knew — Andrew Watkins, 26, who's been charged with the crime — outside a business known as the Alley Cat Cafe on July 21.

Below, we've included interactive graphics about each Larimer County homicide, supplemented by the map for the location where John Jacoby was killed this past May in Windsor, a community that is divided between Larimer and Weld counties. (Jacoby was in Weld County when he died.) Also on view: the dates, addresses and causes of death.

The Coloradoan points out that two were murder-suicides, two dealt with acquaintances, one (the slaying of David Wheat Jr., which was deemed justified in recent days) was an officer-involved shooting, and the sixth (plus Jacoby's) appear to be random and remain unsolved at this writing.

By the way, a GoFundMe page has been created to help Cargill's family with expenses. For more information, click here. In the meantime, we offer our condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Randy Cargill and the others in this post who lost their lives.

Number 1: Angela Howard
3600 block of Butternut Drive, Loveland
February 1, 2015
Multiple gunshot wounds

Number 2: Merta Hoyer
2200 block of Eastwood Drive, Fort Collins
April 23, 2015
Gunshot wound to the head

Number 3: William Connole
East First Street and St. Louis Avenue, Loveland
June 4, 2015
Gunshot wound

Number 4: Gerald Donovan
57th Street and Thomas Court, Loveland
June 6, 2015
Gunshot wound

Number 5: David Wheat, Jr.
1225 W. Prospect, Fort Collins
July 18, 2015
Gunshot wound

Number 6: Randall Cargill
120 West Laurel Street, Fort Collins
July 21, 2015
Multiple gunshot wounds

John Jacoby
County Road 15 near County Road 72, Windsor
May 18, 2015
Gunshot wound
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