Five victims of shootings, hit-and-run in Denver identified

The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner on Wednesday released the identities of five people killed in Denver over the Labor Day weekend.

The coroner’s office identified the victim of a hit-and-run early Monday morning as 26-year-old Christopher Patton. Patton and another person were riding stand-up scooters at about 1:30 a.m. when police say the driver of a driver of a silver Chevrolet Cobalt crashed into them at 14th and Arapahoe Streets before fleeing. Patton was flung onto the sidewalk and the other person was seriously injured. Patton was declared dead at Denver Health, and the coroner’s autopsy ruled his cause of death as blunt force injuries, according to a news release.

Jalonte Jones, 18, was shot in the 10100 block of East Harvard Avenue about 4 a.m. Monday on the city’s southeast side near the Woodstream Village Apartments. He was transferred to Swedish Medical Center where he later died of a gunshot wound, according to the coroner’s office. Police arrested a man Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

On Sunday night, another shooting left 29-year-old Mar-Shun Cox dead, according to the coroner’s office. Cox, whose manner of death was ruled a homicide, was shot about 10 p.m. Sunday at North Havana Street and Florence Way on the city’s northeast side, south of the Denver County Jail. He was transported to UC Health where he was later pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the coroner’s office.

Joseph Lucero, 41, was killed in a Saturday night shooting.. Lucero, who police said was found in the1000 block of Quivas Street, was transported to Denver Health where he was later pronounced dead of a gunshot wound, according to the coroner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide.

In a shooting Friday night in the 300 block of 24th Street, 33-year-old Clarissa Ford died of gunshot wounds in a homicide and was declared dead at the scene, according to the coroner’s office. A man, who has not been identified, also was shot and police said the shooting appeared to be a murder and suicide.

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