Friends of fatal beating victim in mourning, mother of suspect talks to 11 News

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of the man killed outside Quincy’s Bar and Grill early Tuesday morning.

The Coroner says 32–year–old Richard Martinez died of blunt force head injuries.

The Coroner has ruled his death a homicide.

Martinez’ death is quite a shock for the local business.

The staff at Quincy’s called Richard Martinez a great friend.

Decorating the outside of Quincy’s Bar and Grill are candles and notes, saying staff and patrons will miss him dearly.

It was a nightmarish scene at Quincy’s early Tuesday morning.

Paramedics were called in to help Martinez, he was taken to the hospital where he died after being severely beaten.

Doorman Kenneth Snowden says he knew Martinez well.

In fact, he says he would never even think of him getting into a fight.

“Never bothered nobody in here. If there was trouble, he would try to sidestep it and let the doorman do their job,” he says.

But Tuesday morning, Martinez was found outside Quincy’s... dying.

Police are looking for the man who may have done it, 27–year–old Sahr Mbawa. He’s still on the run.

We called his mother, Teresa Lewis, who lives in Denver, to find out what she knew.

She says she hasn’t heard anything. “No, I have nothing unfortunately. It’s scary, very scary,” she says.

We did learn Mbawa works at Whiskey River in Grand Junction.

They tell us he didn’t show up for work Tuesday night and they’ve been calling him ever since, with no luck.

If anyone has an information on Sahr Mbawa you’re asked to call the Grand Junction Police Department.

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