Two people innocently waiting for a Denver bus stop gunned down in middle of 'gang violence,' family says

two dead in denver bus stop shooting two men arrested
Source: Denver Police Department

Apr. 15 2021, Updated 4:20 p.m. ET

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Two people were innocently waiting at a bus stop in Denver when shots were fired, killing them both, authorities said.

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Denver police responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting involving a tan SUV at a bus stop on April 1, the Denver District Attorney announced.

When officers arrived, they found two people, 22-year-old De’Angelo Tafoya and 59-year-old David Lara, had been shot, authorities said.

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The pair were taken to a hospital, where they died, police said. According to a medical examiner, they both died as a result of gunshot wounds.


The District Attorney's Office stated Elias Emilio Chavez, 22, and Tlaloc Raul Chavez, 22, were the pair that fired the shots and have been charged with first-degree murder.

Police said they were driving with a woman and a child in the car with them at the time of the shooting.

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Denver7 spoke with Lara’s daughter, Rosita Cardova, who said, “It just saddens me that people just do dumb things and take innocent people from us.”

In a GoFundMe page for Lara, it states that he was an "innocent bystander" just "sitting at the bus stop," and he "was caught in the middle of gang violence."

Meanwhile, Tafoya’s uncle, Donald Damian, stated he was an innocent person and a single parent who worked more than 80 hours a week, according to Denver7.

Damian added Tafoya was working overtime to save money for his first vacation together with his daughter, Denver7 reported.

Elias Chavez and Tlaloc Chavez each face four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder and a sentencing enhancer charge of crime of violence, according to authorities.


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