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On July 2, 2014 20 year old Ryan Ronquillo was repeatedly shot by Denver
Police in the parking lot of the Romero Family Funeral Home in Northwest
Denver during a funeral service.
While attending a friend's funeral service, Ryan was sitting in his parked car. Police stormed the area, speeding several unmarked cars into the parking lot. In a matter of seconds, Ryan was dead, shot nearly a dozen times by multiple officers.
Police allege that they were in the process of serving a warrant for
"auto-theft and other felonies", and that Ryan "started to back the car
in the direction of officers". Statements from witnesses are at odds
with the police statements. Witnesses at the scene describe a horrific
chaotic mess. Many in attendance did not know who the individuals
shooting at Ryan were, had no idea that they were even police officers.
Other witnesses claim that Ryan was left to die, choking on his own
blood, as police denied medical help at the scene and instead waited for
paramedics to arrive before any aid was administered.
Ryan was unarmed and suspected of participating in non-violent offenses.
Although police considered him a "flight risk", no statements from
Denver officials or the police indicate that there was any suspicion of
Ryan being dangerous or armed.
Police claim that they had been following him all day in an effort to
serve the warrant. They claim that they chose the funeral, where dozens
of people, including many small children were in attendance, because it
proved "tactically beneficial". In the end, instead of a peaceful arrest
anywhere else, people who were already in the process of mourning one
lost youth had to witness the murder of another.
Following Ryan's death, his family was not even contacted by Denver
police or officials. They had to find out about the death of their son
from his friends and media reports.
As the quest for justice begins, Ryan's family needs desperate help
paying for his funeral and burial. Any amount, no matter how large, or
how small would go a long way to beginning the process of bringing peace
to his family.
Some local media coverage: blogs.westword.com/latestword/2014/08/ryan_ronquillo_shooting_decision_letter_march_protest.php