| Crime |

Victim in Montbello quadruple shooting still not identified five days later (49)

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

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

On May 9, four people were shot in Montbello, with one of them subsequently dying.

It was a shocking incident, but like many crimes thought to be gang-related, it hasn't gotten much media attention. And five days later, the victim who died in the case still hasn't been identified by Denver authorities.

At this writing, the Denver Police Department has issued a single news release on the shootings, on May 10. According to that document, the DPD received a call about shots fired in the area of 55th Avenue and Wheeling Street at 10:03 p.m. the previous night. Officers arriving at the scene soon discovered three males suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. But they later learned a fourth person had also been shot. According to 9News, that individual was transported to an area hospital by a family member and died a short time later.

The identification of murder victims can be delayed in order to notify relatives. If 9News' reporting is accurate, however, this person's family already knows about his fate -- yet neither the DPD nor the Denver coroner's office has released a name thus far.

Last month, Heidi Grove, co-founder and director of operations for The Youth Connection, told us about "a turf war going on in various parts of the city." However, she expressed frustration about how little of the information about its fallout is being reported, and she thinks alleged gang affiliation is the reason. She cited as an example the case of De'Quan Walker-Smith, murdered in March. "At first when the media covered De'Quan's killing, it was, 'An eighteen-year-old young man is dead,'" she said. "But then they were like, 'It's gang-related. And in other news....' And to me, he's still an eighteen-year-old young man. He has a name. He has a family."

Mannie Lee Legrand was arrested in connection with Walker-Smith's death, but no media outlet has reported whether or not he's been formally charged. In the meantime, no busts have been made in the Montbello shooting.

Look below to check out an interactive graphic of the area near the 55th and Wheeling scene (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map") and two 9News reports -- one about the death of one victim, the second focusing upon the routine nature of violent crime in Montbello.

View Larger Map

Follow and like the Michael Roberts/Westword Facebook page.

More from our Mile High Murder archive: "De'Quan Walker-Smith ID'd as 29th and Franklin homicide victim: Gang-related? (43)"

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.