The murder happened directly across from Empower Field at Mile High inside an apartment. The victim was identified as Marquez Hernandez.
The Hernandez family said it started out as a normal day. Marquez had gone to stay the night at a friend’s house, like he’d done a million times before, but never imagining what would come next.
His aunt, Natasha Hernandez, said, “We let him go, of course, he’s done it before. We weren’t worried about anything. We were just finishing up cooking dinner and were about to eat when we got that horrible phone call.”
The person who called them said Marquez had turned the gun on himself, but the family instantly didn’t believe that theory.
“I mean, he had issues just like any other teenager but not to the point that he would harm himself,” Natasha said.
Denver police have been investigating this as a homicide from the beginning.
“I don’t even know if I’m ready to hear when they do find out what happened. I don’t even know if I’m ready for that. It’s hard to just even think about it,” his mother, Avalina, said.
Avalina told FOX31 how terrible this nearly month without her son has been.
“He was just the light of everyone. You couldn’t even be mad, he was too funny. He was always wanting to make people laugh,” Avalina said.
Now, police are looking for any information on the homicide investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.