Third Denver Juvenile in Four Days to Die in Homicide | Westword

Third Denver Juvenile Killed in Four Days During Bloody July

The Denver homicide rate is up by more than 40 percent.
The scene of the crime.
The scene of the crime. Denver7
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Editor's note: The juvenile killed on July 11 on the 4500 block of Atchison Way in Denver was identified on July 14 as Davarie Armstrong, a seventeen-year-old student at South High School. Learn more in our post "Davarie Armstrong Is Fourth Black Teen Killed in Denver in Six Days." Continue for our previous coverage.

A Denver juvenile was killed during a shooting on the evening of Saturday, July 11: He was the third underage male to die in four days and the ninth Mile High City homicide victim so far in a month that's seen an increase in violent crime already on the upswing this year.

At 11:51 p.m. on July 11, the Denver Police Department tweeted that "officers are investigating a shooting in the 4500 block of Atchison Way involving two victims." At 5:35 a.m. on the July 12, the DPD followed with this: "Update: 1 victim of the Atchison Way shooting was pronounced deceased; 2nd victim (juvenile male) suffered a non-life threatening injury. The shooting occurred at a house party & officers continue actively investigating the circumstances & suspect info." In a third tweet, the department confirmed that "the victim of the Atchison Way shooting who died from his injuries is also a juvenile male."

The first two juvenile homicide victims in Denver this month were fourteen-year-old Xzavier Collier and fifteen-year-old Moses Chaney Harris. They were killed during the early-morning hours of July 8, during a shooting on the 12200 block of Albrook Drive. The tribute to Collier on the National Gun Violence Memorial website includes a post in which he's described as "one of the smartest students I've ever taught." Another reads: "i miss yuu so much brother!!! its killing me watch over me honey please." Harris's page features this succinct characterization: "amazing, funny, sweet."

Homicides in Denver are currently running at a pace more than 40 percent above the same period in 2019. According to the most recent statistics available, there were 31 murders in Denver from January through May this year — a 47.6 percent increase over the 21 murders during the first five months of 2019. Aggravated assaults were also up significantly over that span — from 1,151 in the first five months of 2019 to 1,424 in 2020, a 23.7 percent jump.

If you have information about the Atchison Way shooting, contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

Neither the name nor any additional information about the decedent in that shooting has been made public. We'll include more details as soon as they're available, to fight against a phenomenon we noted in our recent post about eight Denver homicide victims over eight days: Victims are all too often transformed into mere statistics, especially if they're people of color.
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