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Ten unsolved Denver murders: Read personal stories of the victims

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As of last year, there were more than 1,500 unsolved homicides in Colorado as tracked by Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons. On numerous entries, the group's website includes photos and personal stories of victims. Below are ten from the Denver area. See them below, arranged from the most recent to the oldest. Click on their names for more info, including law-enforcement contact info if you can help finally bring their killers to justice. 2002: Dawn DeHerrera Dawn DeHerrera, 37, loved music and performed Native American dances. She is described by her best friend, Jennifer Nelson, as "the gentlest person I ever knew." If she saw a homeless person, she gave them her lunch.

Dawn had so many friends she was always trying to find time for them. When one was worried or upset, Dawn would say "It's all good, sista."

Dawn loved fruit, particularly pomegranates and cherries. Last seen alive in December 2002, her body was found at 2785 Speer Blvd in early 2003.

2001: Jason Auguillard Jason Auguillard, 24, was a computer programmer and a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. He had a son, Noah, and a daughter, Micaiah. He lived in Aurora.

Jason, with two friends, had just left the Boathouse Bar & Grill in Glendale on March 30, 2001. A white Neon they had passed in the parking lot pulled up alongside Jason's eastbound vehicle and opened fire.

One round hit Jason in the chest fatally wounding him. His passengers were unhurt.

No one has been held accountable for this homicide.

Page down to continue reading the personal stories of unsolved Denver homicide victims. 1999: Sedrick Gillespie Sedrick Gillespie, 23, attended George Washington High School. Learning disabled, he dropped out after 10th grade. Sedrick was a foster child who took the name of his foster parents, Linda and Jim Gillespie of Denver. He loved rap music and was active with several groups putting together that music. Sedrick also liked to play basketball. Very good with children, he loved his nephews and nieces. Sedrick worked as a telemarketer with several communications companies. Though Sedrick was involved in gang things through high school, he left that life style at age 19. On October 10, 1999, Sedrick was parked in his brother's car at 22nd & Olive in Denver waiting for a girl friend. Four people in a car drove by and shot Sedrick with automatic weapons. Linda Gillespie believes it was a case of mistaken identity because Sedrick's brother's car was similar to one involved in an earlier shooting. 1998: Pariss Davis Pariss Lamar Davis, 16, had a very strong mind and will and a very big and warm heart. Born June 14, 1981 in Denver, Pariss attended Denver Public Schools and the Blue Warrior Academy.

He loved science and animals and always cared for them. Pariss will always be remembered for being very playful and a clown. He liked to dress in baggy clothes and joke. Pariss was a good dancer. He loved to draw and play video games.

Pariss saw clearly what was necessary for him to be successful in life. His goals were to finish high school, then own and operate his own business.

Pariss Davis was lured to his death on March 29, 1998 when unidentified persons drove up in a car and shot him, leaving him to die at 26th & Humboldt in Denver. No arrests have been made.

He is survived by his mother, Brendalyn Allen, and his grandmother, Dorothy Wilson, both of Denver.

Page down to continue reading the personal stories of unsolved Denver homicide victims. 1996: Jodi Carrigg, 1996 Jodi Lynn Carrigg, 36, was raised in the Denver Metro area, graduated from Heritage High, married twice. A poet, she loved plants, animals and small children.

She finally learned she suffered from bipolar disorder and began therapy. Officially homeless, she sought and received a Pell Grant to go into veterinary training.

"Jodi did a great job taking care of herself," recalled her mom, Nancy Carrigg. Women in groups liked her. She could get them laughing.

On June 9, 1996, she was strangled by an acquaintance who stuffed her body in a hotel closet with a mattress and set fire to it. He was not tried for her murder but is serving time for another. The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless dedicated a day to her memory during a conference.

1994: Jacqueline Gallegos Jacqueline Collette Gallegos, 28, graduated from Great Bend (KS) High school. Next to the oldest of seven children, she loved music, dancing and being with friends. Jackie liked to write poetry and was a fantastic artist drawing caricatures and animals. She was the devoted mother of five children: Anthony, Luis, Robert, Monique and Lorena. Jackie was outgoing and would "take in the underdog anytime," according to her mother, Linda Atz. On July 12, 1994, Jackie was visiting at a friend's home when, according to a witness, intruders posing as federal agents forced their way into the house. Jackie was bound, raped and sodomized; they cut her throat and stabbed her over 30 times. Another person was also killed but the one they were apparently after survived. No one has ever been apprehended for this crime. Page down to continue reading the personal stories of unsolved Denver homicide victims. 1993: Wesley Cummins, 1993 Wesley Cummins, 24, attended Mapleton High school in Denver. He was an all-around handyman who could fix just about anything. Wesley enjoyed his family and his friends. To know him was to love him, said his sister, Stephanie. Wesley enjoyed fixing up cars with his brother, Bill, and his friends. He was happy with his life.

On the night of October 5, 1993, Wesley was riding in a car with a friend when a red Camaro with a male and female occupant pulled up alongside at a stoplight. Two shots were fired from the red Camaro. Both struck Wesley Cummins. Witnesses chased the red Camaro. The male in that car, who was identified, fled the state. Arrested in California in connection with a bank robbery, the assailant was extradited to stand trial in Denver. But the witnesses to the shooting, said to be frightened, refused to testify.

1986: Darcie Anderson Darcie Anderson liked sewing. She enjoyed making things with her hands. Her Dad, Max Heacock, still has some of her embroidery that he treasures. Darcie also loved the outdoors, especially horseback riding. She married Michael Anderson and they lived in Castle Rock. They had a son, Tony, with whom Darcie was very involved. The couple was divorced in 1983. Darcie worked at a bakery so she arose early each morning to go to work. She had dated a man from Wyoming but had broken up with him because he was jealous and exhibited a bad temper. More recently, Darcie dated a state trooper assigned to the Governor's mansion. She told her dad he also had a temper but she could handle it.

Darcie Anderson, 24, was abducted from her home in mid-December 1986. Her six-year-old son was found unharmed at home by a family member who went to investigate when Darcie failed to show up for work. Darcie's body was found December 22, stuffed in the trunk of her own car which was discovered parked in a muddy alley in the 1900 block of South Bannock Street in Denver. She had been strangled. Bruises on her body indicated she put up a fight. No evidence could be gleaned from the automobile. It had been wiped clean.

Page down to continue reading the personal stories of unsolved Denver homicide victims. 1982: Carol Elvin Carol Elvin, 36, was an artist accomplished in scrimshaw. Adopted as an infant, Carol grew up in Rochester, New York. Four years before her murder, Carol found her birth mother. They travelled together to Aspen and Mexico.

In the mid 70s, Carol worked as an advertising saleswoman for the Summit County Journal in Breckenridge. Later she operated a photography business in Keystone.

Friends and neighbors described Carol Elvin as outgoing, vivacious and articulate. She ran her business from a studio in her home on East Mexico Avenue in Denver.

Carol Elvin was found by a friend at the foot of the basement stairs in her home on February 12, 1982. She had been beaten with a cinder block.

1981: John Dulla Born April 20, 1894, John J. Dulla immigrated to the United States from those parts of the Hapsburg Empire that were to become the Federal Republic of Czeckoslovakia. When the first world war broke out, John Dulla went to Canada and enlisted in the French Army. That took him to Europe where he fought in France. He contracted the Spanish Flu in the 1918 influenza pandemic which spread widely across the world and killed between 50 and 100 million people.

John Dulla returned to the United States, worked for a while in an Iowa factory, then for the Burlington Railroad. He wound up in Nebraska from where he maintained a correspondence with Mary Hudecek whose family lived only a kilometer from John's family home in Czeckoslovakia. Mary came to the U.S. and she married John in Chicago in 1922.

The couple returned to Nebraska where they leased a farm in Ravenna and began farming. Mary ran a café in town. They had two daughters, one of whom, Yvonne Harding, now lives in Aurora. The Dulla family stayed on the farm until 1940.

When WWII started, the Dulla family moved to Denver. John apprenticed himself to a dry cleaner and became very skilled at this work where he stayed until he retired.

Daughter Yvonne describes her Dad as very skilled with his hands. He made foot stools and a work bench out of scrap wood which she still has. "He was a great big guy, he knew a lot of people and helped out at church. They had a beautiful garden and lawn at their home. He worked for a while at Fairmount Cemetery." John collected maps of the War Zone where he served.

John and Mary lived at 5th & Cherokee. John went to the bank to cash his Social Security check on October 3rd, 1981. A young man, who apparently saw him coming out of the bank, followed him home. The robber beat John and knocked him to the ground where John's head hit concrete. Mary heard the commotion and came out of the house to defend her husband. But the thief grabbed their money and ran. Police came and conducted a very thorough investigation according to Yvonne.

John refused to go to the hospital but subsequently fell out of bed. An ambulance took him to Denver General Hospital where a blood clot was diagnosed. Though John was taken off life support and moved to a nursing home, he survived until January 30, 1982. His death was ruled a homicide. No one has been prosecuted for this murder.

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