Jose Diaz-Luevano allegedly killed after making food for gunman at Broncos-watching party (34)

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Update: We now know the identity of the man shot to death at 36th and Lafayette on Sunday: Jose Diaz-Luevano, 67 -- the man a child was referring to when he burst from the home shouting, "They shot my Papi!" See our previous coverage below.

Clay Baeza-Garcia, 33, has been arrested for the crime. At this point, sources from the neighborhood suggest that he didn't know Diaz-Luevano, who might have escaped had not relatives on hand for a Broncos-game-watching party detained him.

According to a police report cited by the Denver Post, Alejandro Diaz, Jose's 36-year-old son, offered several versions of what happened, including that he'd been waiting out front of the house when Baeza-Garcia had arrived.

The scene of the crime, as seen in 9News coverage.
Whether or not they were acquainted is unclear right now. But Baerza-Garcia was apparently invited inside, with Jose grilling him some food when a "discussion" prompted the former to pull a gun. Alejandro and Baerza-Garcia are said to have been struggling over the weapon when it discharged, with Jose being hit dying of a gunshot wound to the chest a short time later.

In the meantime, the attendees watching the game rushed to prevent Baerza-Garcia from fleeing before the cops showed up.

At this writing, the Denver Police Department hasn't released Baerza-Garcia's mug shot due to planned photo lineups. But he remains in custody on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Here's our previous coverage.

Original post, 11:50 a.m. January 13: Earlier today, we told you about a fatal shooting on East 1st Avenue in Aurora -- the third homicide there since Christmas Eve.

But lately we've had a rash of similar incidents in other parts of the metro area, too.

Case in point: A shooting at a house near the intersection of 36th and Lafayette that left one man dead and resulted in another being taken into custody. Here's what we know so far.

Here's the first Denver Police Department tweet about the incident, which took place at around 4:30 p.m. yesterday.

That was followed by this unfortunate update....

...and information about a suspect:

Another image from the scene courtesy of 9News.
A DPD spokesman told us a short time ago that no new information has been released thus far about either the victim or the suspect, but that should change before long. In the meantime, the Denver Post shares the account of a neighbor, who says a little boy ran out of the house after gunfire sounded, declaring, "They shot my Papi! They shot my Papi!"

Look below to see an interactive graphic of the area near the scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

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Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Third recent Aurora homicide: Man found dead in apartment parking lot (33)."

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Erica Rosenthal
Erica Rosenthal

I know it's super annoying Trevor. I hate that it opens up the map

Trevor Mariotti
Trevor Mariotti

Fix your iPhone FB feed. when I click, it takes me directly to a map of the incident, rather than the story.


Ah, Diversity. So vibrant!

Jason Joyce
Jason Joyce

I already got a tank to protect myself from anyone trying to take my TV!

Aaron E. O'Doyle-Rulez
Aaron E. O'Doyle-Rulez

Ah Clownshoes, where yea been , the sicko still crammed far up your ass huh? Tell ya what tho, my balls have missed your mouth sooo much!

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

What else do we expect here in Denver? The same as pretty much anywhere else: morbidly obese Internet DWEEBS that claim to "rulez" the threads but end up epically failing at snark in response to tragedies. Derp!

Nathan Cordova
Nathan Cordova

Yeah, militarization of the people against itself and the evil gubment.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Why stop there? Don't we also have a Constitutional right to a bazooka as well? According to Scalia and the rest of the "freedum luverz," if it can be held, it's considered "arms."

Nathan Cordova
Nathan Cordova

We all need to carry and have at least 2 assault weapons. We must have gun proliferation for safety.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Wow! ... is this THE FIRST fatal shooting near 36th and Lafayette ??

Perhaps this was one of Michael Robert's extended "Make My Day" fantasy applications.

How about a Top 10 Homicides list ??


You are truly an idiot. The nerve you have to leave a comment like this, this was a tragedy. Take this kind of bs elsewhere.


your balls "missed" because they never existed in the first place, you fat fucking eunich.   lmao

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