16-year-old boys charged in shooting death of Denver chef

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Two teenagers have been charged in the death of a Denver chef.

Nicholas Lewis, 33, was shot several times in the 3000 block of South Acoma Street on Oct. 1. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

The Englewood Police Department said Monday it conducted an “exhaustive investigation” on Friday.

Two 16-year-old males were charged with first-degree murder and attempt to commit aggravated robbery.

Police said both teens were already in custody on unrelated charges when they were charged in Lewis' death.

“I don’t know if they don’t look far enough ahead to know what the results of something like this would cause. I don’t know if they just wanted money,” neighbor Richard Burton said. "It doesn’t make anything better, but it gives maybe a reason for why it happened.”

Lewis was a chef at Blackbird Public House. He leaves behind a young son. His family and friends have started a GoFundMe page to pay for funeral expenses and start a college fund for his 8-year-old son, Liam.

Blackbird will host a fundraiser on Nov. 7. A portion of all sales that day will be donated to Lewis’ son.