A call for end to violence in northeast Denver after man gunned down while going to funeral

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32nd and Gilpin shooting, April 25, 2015

32nd and Gilpin shooting, April 25, 2015

DENVER — A deadly shooting over the weekend sparked concern in one northeast Denver neighborhood.

“My nephew had two children, a new baby,” said Tina Ware, the victim’s aunt.

Those children won’t see their father, 22-year-old Nolan Ware again.

“He had his whole life ahead of him and he’s gone. It’s senseless,” Tina Ware said.

Nolan Ware was going to his uncle’s funeral when someone gunned him down near East 32nd Avenue and Gilpin Street on Saturday morning.

“It’s sad that somebody, some kids have to die before it’s taken seriously,” Rev. Leon Kelly said.

Police are still investigating if Ware’s killing is gang-related, but Kelly with Open Door Youth Alternative Program said it’s likely the case.

“I know that those that are involved had some affiliations,” Kelly said.

Denver Police Chief Robert White and Executive Director of Public Safety Stephanie O’Malley released a statement Saturday that said, “The Denver Police Department has utilized officers, technology, and enforcement strategies over the past several months to address gang violence in the neighborhood where today’s shooting took place. … The violence has got to stop.”

Kelly said the growth in Denver is causing trouble in the neighborhood.

“With the migration now the groups that are coming in, the whites coming in, the blacks and Hispanics are being consolidated and it’s creating some extra tension,” he said.

Although statistics show overall crime in the Cole neighborhood is the same from this time last year, Kelly says there’s a lot of work to do.

“We need to take accountability with our own. We need to be proactive. We need to take a stand,” he said.

City Councilman Albus Brooks is organizing a candlelight vigil in the Cole neighborhood at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday