Crime

Twentieth anniversary of Denver's Summer of Violence and ten violent acts in summers since

On June 9, 1993 -- twenty years ago yesterday -- six-year-old Broderick Bell was hit by a random gunshot, kicking off what came to be known as Denver's Summer of Violence. As can be seen in this 2006 photo, Bell survived, but many others haven't during the summers that have followed, a number of which have been bloodier than 1993. Below, see examples from the last four years of Westword's crime archive. Some are well known, while others are the sort of awful acts that we hardly register anymore -- and make us afraid about more violent summers to come.
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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.
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