Leydy Trejo reluctantly admits stepdad Fredy Cabrera shot her, killed her boyfriend
Last year's slaying of Douglas Menjivar in Glenwood Springs was followed by lurid reports. Among the claims: Fredy Cabrera, a prominent local businessman, had shot Menjivar for going out with his eighteen-year-old stepdaughter, Leydy Trejo, because he wanted to have more than a fatherly relationship with her. Such rumors appear to have been unfounded. But the drama remained high at a hearing yesterday, during which Trejo, who was wounded in the shooting, initially tried to avoid naming Cabrera as the gunman, only to reluctantly admit he'd pulled the trigger.
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As noted by the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Cabrera, forty, owns two restaurants, both called El Horizonte -- one in Carbondale, the other in Glenwood Springs.
Cabrera also holds the deed to Compu Copy, a store next to the Carbondale restaurant that was reportedly overseen by Menjivar, a 21 year old originally from El Salvador.
The Glenwood Springs branch of El Horizonte as seen in a user-submitted photo shared on TripAdvisor.com.
Then, on July 31, violence flared. At around 11 p.m. on that day, according to the Garfield County Sheriff's Office, gunshots prompted 911 calls, with deputies soon dispatched to the Riverside Cottages, where Trejo lived. The entrance to the complex is captured in the following interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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GCSO reps soon discovered that two people, Menjivar and Trejo, had been shot. Both were transported to an area hospital, but Menjivar soon expired from his wounds. Trejo, for her part, was hurt seriously enough by a bullet to the leg that she had to be treated in Denver, although she's since recovered.
The suspect was immediately identified as Cabrera, and while he fled the scene, he subsequently turned himself in to authorities. He was jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder, first-degree assault, prohibited use of weapons and reckless endangerment.
What happened? CBS4 floated the theory of a "love triangle," reporting, "Some of those close to Cabrera said that he wanted a relationship with his step-daughter and wanted to get rid of her boyfriend."
The photo of Cabrera circulated by the Garfield County Sheriff's Office before he surrendered to authorities.
Similar claims are absent from Post Independent coverage, but plenty of other grabby material is. Amid comments of surprise that Cabrera might be capable of such an act was this observation from an El Horizonte worker: "It's like the devil possessed him."
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