Colorado Gun Deaths Reach 100 in Record Time: See the Victims Here – Westword

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Gun violence in Colorado has already claimed more than 100 lives in 2021. According to the Gun Memorial website, which offers a space to remember victims in this state and across the country as "Real people, not just statistics," through August 19 at least 103 people were killed by a firearm in Colorado, the most by far for the first eight months of a year since the site's birth in 2015.

And there's no indication the bloodshed will stop anytime soon. Those 103 deaths don't include the thus-far-unidentified person killed in an August 22 shooting at 19th and Blake streets.  Also not yet listed is a man shot to death at a house party in Pueblo on August 21.

In 2018, Westword profiled Gun Memorial, which had been launched three years earlier by Steve Tarzia, a software engineer based in Chicago. Early on, he decided to include information about every gun death in the country, including homicides, tragic accidents and suicide. "The statistics are quite clear that suicides are much more effective — you're much more likely to die — if you have a gun," he said. "Shots to the head are 98 percent fatal, whereas if you try to overdose, there may only be a 5 or 10 percent chance that you'll kill yourself. And suicidal thoughts are often temporary and may be related to events. To get a second chance may often mean the difference between life and death, but there aren't many second chances with guns."

Of course, not every suicide by gun is publicly disclosed. And the Colorado page of the Gun Memorial site underscores the sad reality that most other firearm deaths receive only modest and frequently cursory media attention.

There are obvious exceptions, including the mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers that claimed ten lives, the death of Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley and the slaying of seminary student Shmuel Silverberg. But the press based outside of Colorado paid only passing notice to a May 10 attack at a birthday party in Colorado Springs that killed six people, perhaps because the victims were people of color, like all too many of those whose faces are highlighted on the Colorado portion of the Gun Memorial site.

To put the death count in perspective, here are the number of Colorado victims calculated by Gun Memorial during the same period for each year since its creation:

2015 through August 19: 50


2016 through August 19: 55


2017 through August 19: 85


2018 through August 19: 73


2019 through August 19: 74


2020 through August 19: 89

The names of the 103 Colorado victims through August 19, 2021, are listed below in descending chronological order, along with links to their Gun Memorial pages. There, visitors will be able to connect to (frequently brief) news articles about what happened, light virtual candles in memory of victims and read the comments of friends, family members and loved ones, as well as leave remarks of their own.

Mack James Glover


August 19

Shmuel Silverberg


August 18

Valerie Munoz-Infante


August 16

Darrian Butler


August 11

Gregory Hopkins


August 6

Johnny Quintana


August 4

Julian Richard Evangelista-Short


August 4

Andrewlee Ervin


August 3

Hermilo Garcia-Saucedo


July 31

Sarah Terry Smith


July 30

Elwood Johnson


July 24

Neomi Tafoya


July 24

Tayrn Nicole Meyer


July 24

Aniyus Contreras Mason


July 23

Robert Matthew Froemke


July 19

Dontrè Daizon Timothy "Tre" Williams


July 18

Roque Marquez


July 18

Eric Richard Allen


June 30

Andy Billinger


June 29

Nubia Rodriguez


June 28

Seteria Nicole Black


June 28

Jessica Vernon


June 26

John M. "Johnny" Hurley


June 21

Officer Gordon D. Beesley


June 21

Deborah Ann "Deb" Avery


June 20

Renys Arias


June 20

Gwendolyn Watson


June 17

Duane Edward Manzanares, Jr.


June 13

Antonio Hernandez Posoz


June 8

Gary McLaughlin


May 28

Melissa Ann Wright


May 28

Bernice L. Bright


May 20

Joseph Barela


May 17

Ernesto Apodaca III


May 14

Joana Cruz


May 9

Jose Gutierrez


May 9

Jose Ibarra


May 9

Mayra Ibarra de Perez


May 9

Melvin Perez


May 9

Sandra Cecilia Ibarra


May 9

Carl L. Kern IV


May 7

Josiah John Naol Salas


May 1

Mariceo "Marz" Negrete


May 1

Quatrel Weeden


April 25

Isaac Garcia


April 18

John Arthur Mall


Aprli 17

David Dawson


April 9

Page Pierce Schmidt


April 9

David Lucio Tafoya


April 4

David Lara


April 1

De'Angelo Tafoya


April 1

Juan Antonio "El Tio" Murillo Alvarado


March 28

Denny Vaugn Stong


March 22

Jody A. Waters


March 22

Kevin Daniel Mahoney


March 22

Lynn Murray


March 22

Neven Stanisic


March 22

Officer Eric Huston Talley


March 22

Rikki Lyn Olds


March 22

Suzanne Leslie Fountain


March 22

Teri Lee Leiker


March 22

Tralona Lynn "Lonna" Bartkowiak


March 22

Vincent Brown


March 21

Jeffrey Medina


March 20

David Hill Lovelace


March 11

Lee Michael Fowler


March 8

Jesus Patron Espericueta


March 6

Sarah Larocca


March 2

Margie Crowe


February 27

Roxann Martinez


February 25

Nathan A-Kol Bright


February 22

Tad Trefethen


February 21

Thomas James Rushing


February 21

Jared Augustine Martinez


February 20

Pamela Cabriales


February 20

Tashianna Blake


February 20

Cesar Alberto Rodriguez


February 10

Shumma Agar


February 10

James Anthony Martinez


February 8

Yzeed Sayyaheen


February 6

John Richard Roth


February 5

Christopher Patrick Lopez


February 3

Daniel Dacy


February 3

Dustyn James


February 3

Joseph Viera


February 3

Pheonix Vigil


February 3

Ricardo Medina-Rojas


February 3

Sylvio Anglada


February 3

Ronald Harman


January 31

Brian Connelly


January 30

Lewis Nicholas Garcia


January 27

Geronimo Alvarado


January 26

La'Zic Lavell "Zay" Abraham


January 26

Chase Carter Martinez


January 23

Jameson Martinez


January 23

Paul Baca


January 22

Preston Brown Jr.


January 22

Marcos Bencomo


January 21

Leah Carlene Knowlton


January 20

Imanol Del Valle


January 17

Atlas Roe Grooms


January 13

Suni Marie Grooms


January 13

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