Denver police investigators name Sunnyside-area murder suspect

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DENVER -- Police detectives are investigating the death of a man found in the Sunnyside neighborhood on Tuesday as a homicide.

Family members of Michael Lanford pleaded for justice at a vigil on Thursday. The family said Lanford was killed Tuesday night near West 40th Avenue and Shoshone Street in Denver.

Lanford's sister, Tammy Lanford, is still trying to come to terms with the loss.

“I’m just wanting him to come home or call,” she said.

Elizario Herrera Jr. is wanted for murder in the case, according to the Denver Police Department. Loved ones said Herrera is the son of Lanford's ex-girlfriend and a criminal who was just recently released from prison.

“A person like that doesn’t need to be on the streets,” Lanford's brother Danny Lanford said.

Police and family members haven’t said how Lanford was killed in an effort to honor the integrity of the investigation.

Anyone with information should call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.