Daughters hope telling dad’s story helps find his killers

DENVER -- The daughters of a man shot and killed in a home invasion during the weekend made an emotional public plea Tuesday night.

Frank Chavez's daughters wanted to share the love they had for their dad and they also hope by telling his story, they'll find his killers.

"Right now, we are trying to stay strong and stick together as a family," one of the daughters said.

The emotions are still raw after Chavez was killed early Sunday morning in the home invasion on South Knox Court.

The women shared their grief and their need for justice outside Denver Health Medical Center, where Chavez's son, 24-year-old Francisco Rico, is in critical condition. He was shot seven times. No one else inside the house was hurt.

"We just hope he pulls through. We don't want to deal with two deaths in the family," one of the women said.

Police said a group of men stormed the home near Federal Boulevard and Alameda Avenue just after midnight Sunday. The daughters said Chavez was asleep at the time but immediately jumped into action, likely saving the lives of Rico's wife and their three children who were in the home at the time.

"He went to protect my brother and save his family. My dad died a hero, really," one of the women said.

Police don't believe gangs or drugs were involved and are asking the public's help in locating a vehicle that was seen leaving the area after the shooting.

Chavez's daughters are hoping someone will come forward.

"His life revolved around his kids and his job," one of them said. "He was such a hard-working man and he did not deserve this. We just hope the police do their job and find whoever did this."