Family believes woman found burned to death was murdered


Alisha Ulibarri

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DENVER -- A vigil took place Saturday night to remember a woman who was found burned to death in west Denver last weekend.

The Denver Police Department only said it's a death investigation. They are waiting for test results to determine the exact cause of Alisha Ulibarri's death.

The family said this was no accident. They believe she was murdered.

Firefighters responded to a makeshift homeless camp at West First Avenue and Federal Boulevard that was in flames. After they extinguished the fire, they found the body of the 25-year-old woman.

The family held a candlelight vigil at the site Saturday night. They released balloons and promised to keep her memory alive. They also promised to find whomever did this to her.

Family members said that according to witnesses, Ulibarri was arguing with a woman before neighbors heard an explosion and then saw large flames in the yard.

Ulibarri's mother said after talking to witnesses she believes her daughter was doused in lighter fluid before being set on fire and left to die. She wants justice.

"She wouldn't hurt a soul. Alisha believed there was good in everybody in this world. And I don't believe that this was an accident. No way," Tammy Savacool said.

Her family said they believe the woman was murdered. Police said Saturday anyone with information about the case should contact them.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help the family with funeral costs.

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