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Art Medina drowned Maria Duron, then hanged himself in murder-suicide, coroner reports (49)

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Update: As noted in our original item about the death of Maria Duron and Art Medina, on view below, all signs pointed to a murder-suicide in the case -- and that proved to be the case, according to the Arapahoe County coroner. But the details are still shocking.

The coroner found that Medina drowned Duron before he hanged himself.

As reported by the Aurora Sentinel, Medina had a substantial rap sheet, including two domestic-violence-related arrests:

According to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records, Medina had been arrested eight times in Colorado since 2002. Most of the arrests were for traffic offenses and failing to appear in court. In January 2008, police in Adams County arrested him on a third degree assault charge that police said was domestic violence.

He was again arrested on a domestic violence charge in Lakewood later that year and charged with felony second-degree assault. In that case, the felony charge was dropped and he was found guilty of a misdemeanor. A judge later sentenced him to probation and gave him credit for two days served in jail, according to CBI.

Medina's official cause of death as "asphyxia due to hanging."

Look below for our earlier item:

Original item, January 17, 8:36 a.m.: Whenever police report that no additional suspects are being sought in a case involving two dead bodies, murder-suicide becomes the likeliest possibility. That's the situation in the death of a couple reported to be Aurora's Maria Duron and Art Medina. They had two sets of twins who are safe with family members, although the kids' lives have just been disrupted in the most brutal way imaginable.

Look below to read the information released to date by the Aurora Police Department, as well as an interactive graphic showing the area near the scene; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

Aurora Police Department release, January 15:

Welfare Check Leads to Discovery of Deceased Couple

Aurora, Colo. -- Aurora Police are investigating the circumstances that led to a tragic discovery early this morning in the 2500 block of S. Killarney Court.

Shortly before 5 a.m. this morning, patrol officers responded to a home on a welfare check. Once inside, officers discovered two deceased adults. Officers secured the scene and requested assistance from investigators.

Major Crimes Unit (MCU) detectives and personnel with the Crime Scene Investigation Unit (CSI) responded to the home and are in the process of conducting an investigation. Detectives believe the deceased man and deceased woman were married by common law. Detectives are in the process of requesting a search warrant. Once a search warrant is obtained detectives will return to the home.

The couple's children, who are not being identified by Police, are safe and in the custody of family members. The Police Department Victim Services Unit is providing support to the family members affected by this tragedy.

Police are not releasing the names of the deceased individuals at this time.

Detectives are not actively looking for any suspects.


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More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Liz Tomocik: Shooter in Gerald Cler murder-suicide worked at Attorney General's office (25)."



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Medina real estate
Medina real estate

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Albundy465
Albundy465

You will always be missed Maria! R.I.P.

Justme
Justme

Maria was so sweet and beautiful, despite all that is being said.  I feel so sad for her children.  She would come next door to my office and we'd talk about our business dreams, and our kids who would play in the office together, and finding a way to help poorer people in Aurora (she was planning a telethon).  He gave me chills every time he walked into our hall, and I just thought he was an icy person, but that he must be OK if she loved him.  This is so sad.

guest
guest

Maria was always so nice to me always smiling and laughing, art since i met him scared me the way he talked pissed me off i always ignored him he tried talking once but he was so rude he wasnt educated or something i told him to leave me alone hes not the only rude one , the way he talked about maria always made me think he would hit her i could picture it perfectly how ever i never pictured him doing this and i should of. my silly mistake. R.I.P for ever Maria Duron

Zuniga Itzel
Zuniga Itzel

All I have to say is that he must of been a crazy ass dude to have done this to her, if she already had children with him she would have not left him for armando who has criminal background too. met the parents and they are destroyed!! I didnt knw the couple. After armando went to jail, and relesed 4 yrs later, why in the f would he want to gain his children back, let them be with their loved ones, no one is taking them away from you or the so calle dpaternity!, but u can never give ur children a best life than from what they have now.. art was just a jealous freak and old guy! God bless us! and bless the children, whom ask for mom everytime they go to sleep!

shortie
shortie

That was some crazy sh.. but don't ever judge unless you walk in there shoe's... Ya he did it but he was a good person and loved all his kids... 3 boys and 2 girls.. as for her she wasn't the best person in the world and she knew not to go over there anymore... especially if he cought you with your ex earlier that night...

Alamillo Fernando
Alamillo Fernando

I'm sorry but thats just being a coward wtf didn't he just own up to the consequences why did he kill himself...or better yet her.

Guest
Guest

Never would've thought he'd do this? Art was always a little 'off' ... everyone knows that. He had two other kids himself ... an older girl and an older boy ... plus a set of twins with this girl. I just want to know what posessed him to do such a thing? The cocaine? He was always the jealous type ... didn't like when he was with a girl and she even glanced at another person, especially a man ... Well, some things just happen for a reason. Sad.

Celeste20
Celeste20

crazy but atleast the kids have alot of ppl to care for them

Anieve714
Anieve714

damn...i knew those people, great people! Never wouldve thougt he would do this.

Silvia
Silvia

That is true Justme . I remember long conversations with her , and her support to first event on 4U2 Organization . Sad ...  I still miss her :-(

4u2organization
4u2organization

RIP Maria Duron . I miss her ! I miss her smiling face , she had a lot of dreams . I worked with her for the last 6 months . Was a shock for me when I received that terrible notice . I was with Maria and her Son a day before . Went to eat some "tacos" , I remember when she said : I just want have a family , take my children to play outside with my husband , but if that isnot possible , i will stay single , working hard and wait for a men who loves me . Yeah , Maria had a dreams , and Art love's her "too much" .

Guest
Guest

shoe's? Lmfao. Mmmhm. He didn't have 3 boys ... he had 2. She lived there. What are you talking about not to go over there anymore. Art loved her ... And it's not that he just caught her with her ex ... He was the father of her two older children. The man was there earlier in the night and when Art left and came back a couple hours later, he was still there. To crush her larynx, brutally stab her, and then drowned her because she's not dying? Then to go and slice your own throat and wrists, try to electrocute yourself and finally hang yourself so you don't break your neck, you die because you can't breathe? That sounds like a WONDERFUL person to me. It sounds like a jealous love crazed MURDERER. What an idiot. You just ruined the lives of both families and not to mention the children. If you're religious, you know they say if you take your own life, straight to hell you go. And who was judging to begin with 'shortie'?

Ana32
Ana32

i knew them too. and the info is wrong they only had one set of twins(the two younger kids) i know its hard to believe. poor kids.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for sharing your memories with us, 4u2organization.

guest
guest

How stupid, he had 3 boys and 2 girls... She had been with the ex for two days and yes she went back home every night but if you knew that he had a temper and already had DV on your ass, why would you go home.. As for Armando.. her other baby daddy, he always talk shit about her too and how she couldn't control her month. He did not stab her and yes he took his own life, he slit his wrist's and then when he realized that he was not dying fast enough, he hung himself... He found them in front big casa's house. I will always be here for him and pray that he will find peace and the Lord will forgive him.. I'm not someone looking in from the outside but someone looking out from the inside...

Guest
Guest

He used to (I'm not sure if he still does) ... and smoked weed (who doesn't anymore). He definitely sold it ... :| Bad news when you have kids. I just want to know wtf was going through his head at that time? It's not like he just shot her ... I mean you have to actually hold somebody under water for a couple of minutes to kill them via drowning. Then to go and find something to hang yourself with? He wasn't the gun toting kind of person though.Bad news when you have kids...

Annettechevarria
Annettechevarria

Was this Art that was tall like 6'2 or 6'3? I went to high school with an Art Medina that was 32 but there are no pictures of him... So terribly sad.

B4by_61rl15
B4by_61rl15

Thanks that was sweet myy sister did always want just that to bad she reallyy never got to have the family experience

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