Coroner identifies 16-year-old boy shot, killed near southeast Aurora park Monday


AURORA | The boy shot and killed near a southeast Aurora park on Monday has been identified as 16-year-old Ryan Robertson, according to the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

Robertson was shot multiple times early evening May 6 while near the intersection of South Memphis Street and Pheasant Run Parkway. He was later declared dead at a local hospital, according to Aurora police.

The local coroner’s office has declared Robertson’s death a homicide. The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is investigating the killing, police said earlier this week.

Aurora police said officers responded to the 4700 block of South Memphis Street near Wagon Trail and Independence Elementary School at 5:50 p.m. May 6 on reports of a shooting. First responders found bystanders rendering aid to a boy — now identified as Robertson — who had been shot, police said.

There were no updates related to the shooting as of Thursday afternoon, according to Crystal McCoy, spokeswoman for the Aurora Police Department.

Investigators are still searching for a suspect, who is believed to be a “skinny white male” in his late teens or early 20s, according to police. He is believed to be 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and was also seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans.

Anyone with any information related to this crime is encouraged to call Agent Chad Lampson with Aurora police at 303-739-6013. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can also call the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. The Metro Denver Crime Stoppers offer a reward of up to $2,000 for legitimate information.

Robertson’s death marks the third fatal shooting of an Aurora boy so far this year, and the the third killing of a metro-area teen this week.

Two 16-year-old boys were shot and killed in separate incidents in Aurora in March. 

This week, 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo was killed in the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday, and another 18-year-old high school student was killed outside of his home in Centennial Wednesday night.