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Victim: Jose Damion Rivera
Victim: Jose Damion Rivera

Case Description


File Number: 01-20277

The Victim: Jose Damion Quiroz Rivera, age 19, stabbed to death.

The Crime: On Saturday, June 16, 2001, CSPD officers responded to a report of an unresponsive person in an apartment at 345 Vehr Drive.  There, they found Jose Damion Quiroz Rivera on the floor of his own living room, deceased from multiple stab wounds. The victim's brother was present and had witnessed portions of the crime.

The Investigation: Interviews with relatives and other witnesses revealed that the victim and his brother had been involved in an altercation with several men at the Three Amigos Bar on the Friday night preceeding the murder.  Several hours after that fight, a group of women came by the victim's apartment and had a minor physical altercation with him.  At around 8:30 Saturday morning, a group of about 10 young Hispanic men came to the apartment building asking for "Gato", the nickname of the victim's brother, and eventually made their way to the victim's apartment.  Witnesses saw them enter the apartment, heard sounds of a struggle, then saw the men flee in two cars, one possibly a red Mercury Cougar.  Victim was found dead on the floor of the apartment a few minutes later.

The Colorado Springs Police Department Homicide Cold Case Unit is currently responsible for approximately 90 unsolved homicide cases dating back to 1949. CSPD considers a case to be cold if it remains unsolved for more than one year.


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