The 2009 Denver homicide roster: See where more than 40 of them happened

Categories: Crime

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Lilian Verdonkschot died on May 29; Nadine Montoya was charged with a hateful hit and run.
Murders were down within Denver's city limits last year -- but the homicide roundup released by the Denver Coroner's Office yesterday remains a grim roster of pain and death.

Below, find an accounting of all 45 homicides totted up by the DCO last year, complete with basic information the victims, the time and cause of their death, and graphics depicting most of the areas in which they died (if you have problems seeing the images, click "View Larger Map"). Also look for links to numerous stories providing more information as found in our Mile High Murder archives.

The numbers may be lower than they were the previous year -- but undoubtedly everyone will agree that they still aren't nearly low enough.

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1. Michael Thomas, black, age 43
Date and time of death: 1-9-09, 9:25 p.m.
Cause of death: Sharp force injury to the abdomen
Location: 3421 Humboldt Street

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2. Frank Blair II, black, age 21
Date and time of death: 2-4-09, 5:33 p.m.
Cause of death: Multiple gunshot wounds
Location: 5000 Victor Way

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3. Michael Chavez, Hispanic, age 36
Date and time of death: 2-14-09, 8:36 a.m.
Cause of death: Complications of multiple stab wounds
Location: 920 S. Yates Street

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