Manuel Amaro-Rojas, killed by gunshot, ID'd as man found in car near 8th & Decatur (18)

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Update: The deceased man found in a car at 8th and Decatur in what was initially called a "suspicious death" -- a term that was later replaced by "homicide" -- has been identified as Manuel Amaro-Rojas, 24. And while he was involved in a crash, the impact didn't kill him. Instead, the Denver coroner lists his cause of death as a perforating gunshot wound to the right arm and chest.

No new information from the Denver Police Department about a search for Amaro-Rojas' killer. But the DPD is seeking witnesses he may have seen something near the crime scene. Get more information in our previous coverage below.

Update, 1:53 p.m. August 11: Earlier today, Denver Police Department spokesman Detective John White called a death following a car crash near 8th and Decatur "suspicious," but was not ready to declare it murder.

That changed moments ago. The DPD has now officially deemed the case a homicide.

The DPD wants to know if anyone saw the thus-far-unnamed victim's vehicle -- a green 1998 Hyundai Elantra -- in the area of 8th and Bryant, not far from where the crash took place, at around 2:20 a.m. this morning. Anyone who has is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

Our previous coverage is below.

Original item, 12:58 p.m. August 11: Earlier today, we told you about a "suspicious death" in Aurora -- a woman found dead in an SUV on South Elkhart Way.

The Denver Police Department is also using the "suspicious death" descriptor for an incident at 8th and Decatur. What's the story? Detective John White tells what he can at this point.

"An individual was driving his vehicle in the area of 8th and Decatur," says White, "when the vehicle crashed -- and we found that individual inside, deceased."

So what's the suspicious part? Did the crash not seem violent enough to have caused a death? Was there another injury that didn't seem related to the accident?

"We really need to hear from the coroner's office as to what they believe the cause of death to be," White responds. "But at this point, there are no obvious signs of criminal intent outside of this individual being deceased."

Mysterious. In the meantime, look below to see an interactive graphic showing the area near the scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

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What probably happened the car was driving southbound on Decatur St from the projects and someone reported gunfire. The police found a car full of bullet holes and determined a car full of bullet holes with a corpse behind the wheel to be suspicious.In a previous election, a ballot measure to build a new jail to be built on city owned property where the projects is located was voted down by a wide margin.The mayor and city council decided to put the ballot measure up for another vote.The city council and mayor voted to purchase the Rocky Mountain News on Gene Amole Way as sight for a new jail in advance of the vote.The vote was by mail in ballot to be marked by No. 2 pencil that could be erased.The Clerk and Recorder called in  S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons And Tactics) to count the ballots; this time the ballot measure passed by a wide margin. The Rocky Mountain News was turned into a jail and this crime infested projects still stands on city owned property.

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