Denver Shooting: Mom, Two Children Dead

Thursday, 07 Feb 2013 09:18 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A Colorado woman and her two young children were found dead and a third child was in critical condition after a shooting at a Denver home on Wednesday, but police said they were not actively looking for a suspect.

Denver police were called to the home around 6:55 a.m. Wednesday on reports of a shooting. Authorities declined to identify the victims, but relatives told the Denver Post they were Mayra Perez, 33; her daughter, Nevaeh Morales, 6; and son, Erick Perez, 2.

Perez's other daughter, 3-year-old Isabel, was rushed to Denver Health Medical Center for emergency surgery. Police Commander Ronald Saunier told the Post the child was in "extremely critical condition."

On Tuesday night, Perez and her husband Ricky had a fight, and he left to cool off, authorities said. When he returned home in the morning, he reportedly found the bodies.

"I got a phone call at 7 a.m. [from Ricky]," Liliana Castro, Mayra Perez's sister, told the Post. "He just told me he needed to tell me something, but he didn't know how to say it. I asked him, 'What happened?' He's like, 'I don't know, I don't know.' He couldn't talk. He just hung up."

Police have made no arrests and have "no reason to suspect a killer is on the loose," police spokesman Lt. Matt Murray told the Post early Wednesday.

"At this time, we're not looking for any suspects," Saunier said later in the day. He would not elaborate, but said, "We have some questions we still need to answer. We still need to complete the investigation."

Family members said the couple moved to Denver more than a year ago after Ricky Perez got a job in construction.

"I think they were having arguments," Irene Nuñez, Mayra Perez's cousin, told the Post. "We just know they had been having problems."

Rosalinda Bustillos, one of the couple's neighbors, told the Post her father-in-law heard a couple of gunshots at about 5 a.m.

"It's just scary because we all know each other around here, and we've been here several years," she said. "This has never happened around here, and I never thought it would."

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