Update: The Edgewater Police Department provided a statement regarding the case Saturday afternoon. It can be found at the bottom of this article.
GOLDEN, Colo. (KDVR) — The family and friends of Adam Michael Fresquez marched in front of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office on Friday. They are upset no charges have been filed or arrests made in his killing at a Tesla charging station in Edgewater.
That was three months ago. His mother is pleading for justice.
“This has been terrible. I mean, the worst thing a mother could ever have happened. I don’t think we’ve actually got a chance to mourn because we are still trying to fight for justice for Adam,” Fresquez’s mother, Lena Mendez, said.
Officers found Fresquez with fatal gunshot wounds. FOX31 was told the shooter left the scene and later called 911 to turn himself in.
“We don’t understand why he was released two hours later after shooting and killing my son and leaving him in the parking lot to die,” Mendez said.
“We want accountability. We are looking for justice. We want some answers,” Fresquez’s father, Juan Mendez, said.
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The Denver Justice Project is also asking questions and said someone needs to be held accountable.
“It just seems incredibly drawn out,” said Alexander Landau, Denver Justice Project’s co-executive director. “Our communities — Black, brown, Indigenous — are used to being locked up and then being found innocent or guilty later. And that is not the case in this particular case.”
The district attorney’s office responded to the demonstration.
“We are aware that the family of Adam Fresquez has organized another protest at our office this afternoon. We would like to clarify that this case has not been presented to our office for charges. We have been in touch with the Edgewater Police Department, who assured us that they are actively investigating Mr. Fresquez’s death,” said Brionna Boatright, director of public affairs for the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
“We again offer our sincerest condolences to Mr. Fresquez’s family and friends and continue to maintain open lines of communication with the family’s representative. We understand that loved ones are frustrated and respect their right to peaceful protest,” Boatright added.
Eric Sonstegard, Chief of Police at Edgewater Police Department provided the following statement in regard to the case.
“The investigation into Adam’s homicide is active and ongoing. The individual that shot Adam is not currently in custody and has been cooperating with the investigation. It is our intent to meet with the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office in the coming weeks to present the case for potential criminal filing.
I have been in regular contact with Adam’s family and in fact met with them and a representative from the Denver Justice Project for approximately 90 minutes prior to the rally yesterday. I respect their right to protest and want nothing more than to bring some form of comfort and closure to Lena, Juan, and their entire family. I cannot put into words the empathy I feel for a mother and father that lost a child. I have worked with dozens of families over the past three decades that have lost a son or daughter and as a father myself it is heartbreaking every time.”