In a heartbreaking incident on November 27, 2023, tragedy struck Jefferson County, Colorado. two adults lost their lives in what appears to be a murder-suicide, and a child suffered injuries.
The sheriff’s office received a distressing 911 call around 1:30 a.m. from a family member reporting a father shooting at a mother inside a residence on South Holland Way. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the lifeless bodies of the father and mother due to gunshot wounds. The child, also present in the home, was promptly transported to the hospital with injuries not deemed life-threatening. The identities of the victims remain undisclosed, and the motive behind the shooting is currently under investigation.
This marks the third instance of domestic murder-suicide in Colorado within a week. On November 20, tragedy struck Monument, El Paso County, where four family members, including two children and two adults, were found dead in what the sheriff’s office deemed an “apparent murder/suicide.” Two days later, in Aurora, Arapahoe County, a man killed his wife before taking his own life following a domestic dispute. SWAT intervention revealed a woman beaten and shot, pronounced dead at the scene, along with the suspect, 54-year-old James Aragon, who died by suicide.
Co-Murder Suicide Incident in Colorado
On November 26, 2023, a tragic incident unfolded in Rocky Ford, Colorado, involving James Aragon and his unnamed wife. The authorities reported that Aragon fatally shot his wife within their residence on North 11th Street before taking his own life. The motive behind this grim act remains unknown, and the police have clarified that there is no documented history of domestic violence between the couple. Additionally, it was revealed that Aragon and his wife were in a relationship but were not officially married. At the time of her untimely death, Aragon’s wife was residing with him in their home.
While the sheriff’s office initially classifies the recent incident as a murder-suicide, investigators are committed to conducting a thorough examination. The children affected are now in the care of other family members. By shortly after 5 a.m., the sheriff’s office declared the situation resolved, ensuring no further threat to the public.
Candice Lucero, a neighbor, shared her anguish, mentioning that her son had grown up with the children involved in the standoff and had spoken to them early Monday morning. Lucero expressed empathy, saying, “The girls were crying and screaming. My heart breaks for all of them because they are, this morning, without two parents.”
The JCSO confirmed that the couple had five children, some of whom are now adults. Fortunately, two of the older children were not present in the home during the incident.
This tragic event sheds light on the pervasive issue of domestic violence in Colorado and across the nation. According to the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 43 people lost their lives in domestic violence-related incidents in Colorado in 2020, with 16,700 reported cases to law enforcement agencies.
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