Man found dead on sidewalk in Orchard Mesa neighborhood

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Grand Junction Police spent the day Saturday investigating the death of a young man.

The man's body was found in parking lot at the Monument Ridge Townhomes located at 2680 B 1/2 in Orchard Mesa.

"They don't know if he got shot or what happened. Just that he was found here," Nicolette Otero says.

11 News is not releasing the victim's name yet, but Nicolette Otero says she's been friends with him since sixth grade.

"My little sister texted me saying my friend got shot," says Otero.

As police continued their investigation, word on the death spread and more family and friends showed up.

"His aunt came over here and identified the body," says Alexandria Trujillo.

Friends and family say last night the victim was with some friends, having a small party across town. His cousin Joey Martinez says he was with him and doesn't know why or how he ended up at the Monument Ridge Town Homes, or how he died.

"I heard a gun shot. I heard he got jumped. I heard he got hit in the head with a bat. Whatever happened, we just want answers," says Martinez.

Martinez says his cousin has had a few minor assaults and run-ins with the law in the past.

"I'm sure a lot of people had it out for him. That's who he was. He loved the drama," says Martinez.

But Martinez says he was still a great guy who had overcome a lot in his life.

"He'd been through a lot. His mom passing away. His uncle passing away," Martinez.

Martinez says he hopes to learn more soon from police about how his cousin lost his life and how the night went so wrong.

"Beat him up, don't kill him," says Martinez.

The Mesa County Coroner's office will do an autopsy on the body.
Police are still investigating and are looking for anyone who might have information on this crime. If you do, you're urged to call 241-STOP.

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