AURORA | Police said a 21-year-old man faces first-degree murder charges after three people were discovered dead inside a Willow Park home in south-central Aurora Saturday night.

“This senseless violence is inexplicable,” Aurora interim Police Chief Art Acevedo said.


Police did not provide details about murders, saying only that the victims knew the suspect, and the unidentified dead were shot.

At 5:15 p.m., officers were called to a house on the 1500 block of South Evanston Street to conduct a welfare check, according to a statement by Aurora Police Agent Matthew Longshore.

“Officers arrived and did not locate anything suspicious,” he said. Police did not have a warrant to force their way into the home and left, notifying family members who had contacted dispatchers.

“Shortly before 7 p.m., family members arrived at that residence, went inside of the home, and discovered three unresponsive adults, two women and one man,” Longshore said. “They were found with possible gunshot wounds and other injuries and were pronounced deceased a short time later.”

At about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, police arrested Christopher Martinez, 21.

“Martinez was initially contacted on the scene last night and is known to the victims,” Police Sgt. Faith Goodrich said in a statement Sunday.

Police did not provide other details about the relationship between the shooting suspect and the victims.

“The suspect has been taken into custody and our community can breathe a collective sigh of relief,” Acevedo said. “Our hearts go out to the family of the victims.”

Police said anyone with information can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000, police said.

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  1. Well Chief Acevedo, welcome to Aurora. You will find that horrible things like this seem to be going on all the time. As Police Chief, better get used to it. It never seems to end now.

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