William Amaya busted for murder of his aunt and uncle

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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William Amaya. Interactive graphics and more below.
For the past six months or so, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office says William Amaya was renting a room from his aunt and uncle, Mayra Lorena Lopez, 40, and Eliseo Lopez, 42. But now, both of them are dead, leaving their teenage sons orphans -- and Amaya is being held in relation to the crime. Here's what we know so far.

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At about 11:17 p.m. Saturday, according to the Vail Daily, deputies with the Eagle County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to 160 Arapahoe in Sopris Village, a neighborhood associated with El Jebel but technically located in unincorporated Eagle County.

The address is captured in the following interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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The 911 alert was placed by one of the Lopez's sons. They're thirteen and fourteen, respectively. Neither was injured in the incident, with the caller fleeing the house and reportedly phoning from another location. But their parents suffered fatal gunshot wounds; autopsy results are pending.

Mayra and Eliseo are said to have been longtime residents of the area; she worked in the health office of Basalt Elementary School.

The Aspen Daily News notes that Amaya, 33, fled the scene in a 2009 Honda. But it didn't take authorities long to track him down. By pinging his cell phone, which he'd kept in his possession, they were able to track him to his place of employment, Colorado Pool and Spa Scapes, a business not far from Glenwood Springs -- and a handgun was found in his car.

Here's an interactive graphic showing Colorado Pool's location.


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Amaya, who was taken into custody at 5:40 a.m. yesterday morning on suspicion of first-degree murder times two, isn't accustomed to dealing with the cops. His only previous arrest was for underage drinking way back in 2001, the Vail Daily points out. But that's all changed. He was slated for his first court appearance today.

As for what spurred the tragedy, an ECSO spokesperson offered this comment to the Aspen Daily News: "It sounds like he just lost it."

Our condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Mayra and Eliseo Lopez. Here's a larger look at Amaya's mug shot.

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William Amaya.

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5 comments
Patrick Layman
Patrick Layman

Have Eagle County Sheriff's questioned the missing neck? I'm no detective but the missing neck may be a clue.

Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien

and in the same story, William's primo Jesse was arrested for stealing his neck!

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