Crime

Richard Eugene McDaniel victim of homicide in Dr. Daniel Hale Williams Park (3)

Update:The Denver coroner's office has now identified the victim of a Memorial Weekend homicide at Dr. Daniel Hale Williams Park.

Richard Eugene McDaniel, a forty-year-old African American, died of multiple gunshot wounds. Look below to see our original coverage, featuring more details and a graphic of the area near the scene.

Original item, 6:53 a.m. May 31: Wouldn't it be nice to come out the other end of a Memorial Day weekend without having another death to memorialize?

Not this year: Sunday evening at Dr. Daniel Hale Williams Park, a conversation between two men ended with one of them shooting the other to death.

According to the Denver Police Department, a shots-fired call reached officers at around 8 p.m. -- and by the time they made it to the park, a male suffering from bullet wounds was beyond saving.

At this point, neither the victim nor a suspect has been named. However, police believe the shooter drove to the park in a dark-colored SUV that he used for his escape after punctuating his chat with gunfire. They also think people who fled the scene once the blasting started might have seen something that could help them in the investigation. Such folks are encouraged to call the DPD at at 720-913-2000 or 720-913-STOP (7867).

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

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
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.
Contact: Michael Roberts