Identity of slain Air Force officer revealed; part of LoDo now off limits to Buckley (7)
The man who was slain on the streets of LoDo early Saturday morning has been identified: He was nineteen-year-old Airman 1st Class Shaquille Hargrove, a satellite systems operator for the 2nd Space Warning Squadron based at Buckley Air Force base. "On behalf of myself and Team Buckley, I want to offer my sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those affected by this tragic incident," Colonel Dan Wright said in a statement Sunday. "Our airmen are the greatest assets in the Air Force, and we lost a valuable member of Team Buckley this weekend."
Hargrove was shot around 2:15 a.m. Saturday morning after clubs in the area had closed down; according to the Denver Police Department, a brawl broke out at 15th and Market streets. A second Buckley airman was injured; he's since been released from the hospital. Several other people were arrested. The DPD's investigation is continuing.
In the meantime, Wright has ordered his staff to avoid the area until further notice. Ironically, this part of LoDo has been much quieter this summer than in previous years.
Here's the complete post on the Buckley website.
7/14/2013 - BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- At approximately 2:15 a.m. July 13, one Airman was killed and one Airman was injured in an incident at 15th and Market Streets in Denver.
The deceased is Airman 1st Class Shaquille Hargrove, 19, 2nd Space Warning Squadron satellite systems operator. He was fatally wounded during the incident and was pronounced dead 2:28 a.m. July 13.
The injured Airman was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He has been released from the medical facility.
"On behalf of myself and Team Buckley, I want to offer my sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those affected by this tragic incident," said Col. Dan Wright, 460th Space Wing commander. "Our Airmen are the greatest assets in the Air Force, and we lost a valuable member of Team Buckley this weekend."
The incident is currently under investigation by the Denver Police Department. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Buckley is also coordinating with the police department.
The 460th SW commander has temporarily placed the vicinity of 15th and Market Streets off limits to 460th Space Wing members to allow investigators to conduct a thorough investigation. The order is scheduled to remain in effect until the investigation determines the area to be safe for 460th SW members.
The chapel staff, military family life consultants and mental health professionals are available to all members of Team Buckley.
"Taking care of our Airmen and families is a top priority, and we're doing all we can to tend to the needs of Airman Hargrove's friends, family and fellow Airmen," Wright said.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
If anyone has any information about the incident, to include any photos or video footage, please contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).
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