Aaron Hill allegedly murdered Brandon Goff during marijuana sale (12)

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Last week, we told you about a homicide on the 1400 block of Moline in Aurora; see our previous coverage below. In the immediate aftermath of the crime, police shared little information about the victim and none about a potential suspect. Now, however, the Aurora police have arrested Aaron Hill, 25, for the crime.

Investigators believe Hill killed Tulsa, Oklahoma's Brandon Goff, 24, when the latter tried to buy marijuana from him -- the sort of incident sure to incite both sides of the pot legalization debate.

At about 12:32 a.m. on August 21, as we've reported, officers were called about shots fired near East 14th Avenue and Moline Street.

Although the cops arrived shortly thereafter, they couldn't find any evidence of a shooting -- but some presented itself about half an hour later. Just past 1 a.m., a nearby hospital informed the APD about the arrival of two people transporting a third individual who'd been shot. Unfortunately, it was already too late for the victim: He didn't respond to treatment and was soon pronounced dead.

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Near the scene of the crime.
The pair who'd taken the man to the hospital told officers that there had indeed been a shooting on the 1400 block of Moline. Before long, APD personnel found the scene and launched a homicide investigation -- but they didn't release any suspect information and delayed identification of the victim so that his family could be informed about the tragedy.

The coroner's office subsequently ID'd the man who'd been killed as Goff. A web search revealed the following booking photo of Goff taken this past December, as seen at the website MugshotsOnline.com:

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Courtesy of MugshotsOnline.com
The allegation against Goff is listed as possession of marijuana, which jibes with information in a police report obtained by the Denver Post.

According to that document, Goff and two friends had driven from Oklahoma to the metro area in order to buy some marijuana, but they're said to have arrived too late to get any at a dispensary. So they called Hill, described as an acquaintance also known as "Rico," and arranged to meet him at a McDonald's on the 16th Street Mall. Instead, the Post reports that Hill led the trio to the 14th and Moline location, where he allegedly shot Goff as soon as he pulled out a wad of money.

How did the cops track down Hill? A search of Goff's cell phone is said to have revealed a number for female escorts that was traced to an ongoing investigation of Hill.

This act of violence will likely be interpreted differently depending on one's opinion about Colorado's growing reputation as a marijuana mecca. Those who opposed Amendment 64 will likely point at it as evidence of violence triggered by the state's embrace of a federally illicit drug and the negative impact of people coming here for weed. In contrast, A64 supporters are apt to argue that regulating marijuana sales is designed to eliminate the very kind of underground drug dealing that ended with the death of a young man well before his time.

Here's a larger look at Hill's booking photo, followed by our previous coverage.

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Aaron Hill.
Continue for our previous coverage of the homicide on the 1400 block of Moline in Aurora, including an interactive graphic.

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37 comments
tucker22
tucker22

Brandon was a good kid not a Thug, he was in college and his life should not have ended this way, his funeral was the saddest thing I have witnessed in my 42 years I have been on earth.

Charles Robbins
Charles Robbins

This was about the money in what was thought to be an easy come up. Hill is simply a murderer. That is all.

Jeff Jxn Swaim
Jeff Jxn Swaim

I think thugs will be thugs. You could take away everything but unicorns and rainbows and idiots will do stupid sh*t.

Michael Ulm
Michael Ulm

Look at the tattoo on the face, says it all.

Wendy Dennie
Wendy Dennie

We re-legalized alcohol and how did that work out?

Tim Stark
Tim Stark

Electric Chair. Electric Chair. Why we don't do this anymore and make a statement to this freaking thugs out there is beyond me. Eye for an eye! Life for a Life. Can I pull the switch pretty please?

Paul Malczewski
Paul Malczewski

Just another street thug wanting an easy score of cash. Wouldnt have happened if the product was available in a store. They were forced to contact this pathetic excuse of an aquantance/friend who robbed them. They could have been wanting to purchase taco's and this fool would have still robbed them.

pitchman101
pitchman101

Its a robbery plain and simple. Its about the cash. not the Marijuana and to imply otherwise is just irrespossible.  If anything this should prove legalisation is in all our best interest. They came to town to purchase legaly ( so they thought ) and instead had the missfortune of dealing with a street thug. Yes!, I now its still not legal to sell but thats at least what the writer here imply's.

Denver Dan
Denver Dan

This guy should be executed,in a public square in front of his crap family.

Mario Parker
Mario Parker

Put his dumb ass under the jail.Leave it to idiots to fuck up a good thing.

Kyle Huber
Kyle Huber

Well since nobody had ever been killed over marijuana before legalization it is clear that legalization is a terrible idea. Journalism is so... so dead.

JGold Goldstein
JGold Goldstein

marijuana doesnt kill people, people with teardrop tattoos kill people. this is not a weed, race, or drug issue.. this is a gang issue... I just wonder if the 2nd tattoo is for Goff, or if he is actually short by one right now.

Ben Owens
Ben Owens

Dip-shits like this kill each other over sneakers.....lets prohibit Nikes.

PhatCheddar
PhatCheddar

This was about money, plain and simple. This low-life took advantage of some young men who came to get happy, and buy our food and enjoy our state. Not that I'm all for MJ, but if these guys could have gone to a retail location to legally obtain what they needed with money they obviously had to BUY it, this young man may be alive. 

John Pinnick
John Pinnick

Well considering they both had arrest records and were in the area they were in, it's not really a marijuana related problem. It may have been associated but in all reality, that thug p.o.s. Hill would of shot anyone he saw with a load of cash, maybe at an ATM or just saw it as someone paid for their purchase at a 7-11. It was plainly put that if the Oklahomans would of had access to a legal source (dispensary) this NEVER would of happened. Pretty point blank really.

Shayne Barrett
Shayne Barrett

5 people were stabbed to death in Fero's bar. I don't hear anyone saying "We need to bring back prohibition!" :P

Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker

Has nothing to w/ legal or not, has to do with individuals in our society with no sense of moral character or right and wrong..Legal or not legal this punk was bound to kill someone...

Wade W
Wade W

It not over pot, its over money, money is the cause of all evil

Latifah Abdul'laah
Latifah Abdul'laah

Please, marijuana is the excuse, this was always about the money. He led them to a known crack neighborhood, where he could do this. Most people of a certain type, know that there are certain blocks of Moline in Aurora that are called Crack Town. No marijuana was exchanged because Aaron Hill only wanted to try and rob Goff of his money.

John Anthony Gadd
John Anthony Gadd

lets reverse the ruling! Nobody killed anybody over pot while it was illegal! Safety first!

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

This article glosses over the bigger and badder problem; that inner city violence is out of control. I suspect the victim came to Colorado to buy more than they could at a store (if they were open per a64) due to the "large wad of cash". MJ didn't get him killed, the large wad of cash did. Sadly, I'd imagine this type of stuff will continue to happen to out of staters who come to buy more than what A64 allows as they will be forced to go underground and deal with people like the suspect. In order for the violence to stop, A) Certain communities need to start policing themselves and be honest about the state of their citizens, and B) Prohibition needs to end everywhere, if that happened this type of stuff wouldn't happen. If every state legalized, the limitations on how much wouldn't matter... But if someone's coming to Denver to buy copious amounts, they will be driven to back alley deals like this. Interesting enough, if I want to buy 10 kegs of bud light from a store I can.

James Gold
James Gold

Idiots have always killed each other over idiotic things. I'm pretty sure legalized pot doesn't have much of an impact on that demographic and how they handle their daily lives.

Che Harness
Che Harness

No and no. A64 will help keep people from having to deal with criminals, not end crime. It was a good step towards legalization, but not the end game and legislators have been working to keep its use as criminal as possible. The only way to really ever stop crime around the product would be to flood the market so that its value is too low to be worth stealing.

Isaac Carpenter
Isaac Carpenter

When sold through stores, violence will be very rare. Street level crime will lead to violence. Who knows how many murders were drug related and no one knew it.

Lane Bx
Lane Bx

Regulate it, they dead guy would have never came into contact with this trash if it was legal and available.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Michael Ulm Yup. It clearly says "I  murder people," but I suspect most people can't read.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Wendy Dennie ...a whole lot better than banning it...

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Eric Smiles Seems like the murderer could be his son...gee...a lot of murderers could be his son, it seems.

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