Crime

Scott Breitinger, R.I.P.: Still No Arrests in Motorcyclist's Murder

Last week, we told you about the murder of a motorcyclist in a Denver alley.

The victim has been identified as Aurora's Scott Breitinger, 45.

Breitinger is being remembered at a service tomorrow evening.

In the meantime, there have been no arrests in the case nor any release of suspect information.


As we've reported, the first official word about the initial shooting came via this Denver Police Department tweet, sent out shy of 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3....


...and was followed by this update:

The 3200 block of West Nevada Place is not far from the intersection of West Alameda Avenue and South Federal Boulevard.

Here's an interactive graphic of the area.


If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."


As for the specifics of what happened, a man later identified as Breitinger was reportedly riding a motorcycle in the alley at around 12:45 p.m.

That's when he was confronted by another man.

And things soon turned violent.

The motorcyclist was shot and killed.

No additional information has been released about the crime, which remains under investigation.

In the meantime, plans have been put in motion for Breitinger's memorial.

According to his online obituary, he was born in Doylestown, Pennyslvania, where he spent his first nineteen years. More recently, in 2010, he married Selene Rhoades in Aurora.

"He will always be remembered by all other family and friends," the item continues. "He was a kind, considerate individual always willing to help others. He was a great friend to all who knew him. He just loved family, life and nature. Gardening was a passion. He mountain biked, skied, boarded, fished, rock climbed and rode his motorcycle."

The memorial will get under way at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at the Newcomer Family Funeral Home, 190 Potomac Street, to be followed at 7 p.m. by a sharing of memories. A celebration of Breitinger's life is expected to take place in Silverton at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the APS Foundation of America, described as "the leading United States nonprofit health agency dedicated to bringing national awareness to Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS), the major cause of multiple miscarriages, thrombosis, young strokes and heart attacks." For more information, visit apsfa.org.

If you have any information about the crime, contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). Our condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Scott Breitinger.

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