Crime

Denver Police Investigating Murders of Three Homeless Individuals

Denver Police Investigating Murders of Three Homeless Individuals
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Around 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 9, Denver Police Department dispatchers received a call from someone who had discovered three dead bodies behind a warehouse at 765 South Broadway, which is located near the intersection of South Broadway and East Ohio Avenue, just north of the I-25 overpass.

Responding officers found the deceased individuals — two men and one woman — behind an 8,000-square-foot building. DPD would later reveal that the victims were likely living on the streets.

On Monday, August 13, the Office of the Medical Examiner released the names and dates of birth for the three victims. They are: Christopher Zamudio (DOB 04/20/1973), Nicole Boston (DOB 03/11/1990) and Jerome Coronado (DOB 06/30/1979).

All three victims died of gunshot wounds, according to the Office of the Medical Examiner.


“By all evidence and appearance, it would appear that they are homeless,” DPD's Division Chief of Investigations, Joe Montoya, had told reporters last Thursday. Montoya confirmed that the department is investigating the deaths as homicides.
The department does not have a suspect, though DPD is investigating possible links to a stabbing that occurred near South Santa Fe Drive and I-25 early on Thursday morning. A suspect was arrested in that case.

By the DPD's own estimation, crimes against the homeless — including assaults, robbery, rape and murder — have increased by 42 percent during the past four years.

In light of the three murders, Montoya said that the DPD is stepping up efforts to find safe spaces for transients along the Broadway corridor near the crime scene. “We’re going to be doing outreach with our community partners with the transient community," he said. 

DPD is calling on the public to supply any information related to the murders. The department released this flier yesterday:

DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Denver Police Department
Update: This story was updated at 2 p.m. Monday, August 13, after the Office of the Medical Examiner released the names, dates of birth, and causes of death for the three victims.
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