| Crime |

Stephanie Hope first Denver homicide victim of 2012, Kevin Carter charged (36)

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Update: The Denver coroner's office has now identified the city's first 2012 homicide victim as Stephanie Hope, a 28-year-old from Westminster. She was pronounced dead at 2:29 a.m. on New Year's Day of a "penetrating gunshot wound to the chest." Kevin Carter has been arrested in connection with the crime. Page down to read our earlier coverage.

Original post, 9:18 a.m. January 4: As we've noted in posts about the slayings of Andrea Roan, Elia Anastacio and Youn Malual, we've just emerged from a very bloody holiday season -- one capped by the death of a thus-far-unidentified woman shortly after midnight on New Year's Day. Denver Police are calling her alleged shooter, Kevin Andrew Carter, the first murder suspect of 2012, although they haven't always done so.

Officers were called to 3040 West 3rd Avenue amid the New Year's revelry and soon discovered a female victim with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. She was pronounced deceased at a nearby hospital.

As noted by 9News, cops initially called the shooting accidental, but they've apparently changed their minds. Carter, 49, has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and possession of a weapon by a previous offender. When contacted about the case, Detective John White declined to provide any information beyond the basics. However, he did note that the investigation is continuing.

Look below to see a larger version of Carter's mug shot, as well as an interactive graphic showing the area near the crime scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

View Larger Map

Click here to follow and like the Michael Roberts/Westword Facebook page.

More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Mark Sepulveda, Juan Carlos murder suspect, confirmed killed in cell-phone store robbery."

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.