Over the course of the weekend in Pueblo, Colorado, a series of tragic events unfolded, resulting in the deaths of five individuals. The victims have been identified as follows:
1. Raymond Gallegos, 70, lost his life in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was struck by a vehicle in the 2000 block of North Hudson Avenue. The Pueblo Police Department spokesperson, Sgt. Frank Ortega, reported that the driver of the vehicle promptly informed authorities of the crash. No injuries other than Gallegos’s were reported, and as of Monday, no charges had been filed against the driver.
2. Later on Saturday evening, a devastating two-vehicle collision occurred in the 800 block of North Purcell Boulevard. The crash resulted in the deaths of Marie Quintana, 56, and her 12-year-old grandchild, who were residents of Aurora. Additionally, Jesus Guerrero Lopez, 48, a Denver resident, also lost his life in the collision. The collision took place when a 2017 Honda CRV traveling northbound was struck head-on by a 2015 BMW 550 that had veered into the northbound lane from the southbound lane. All three occupants of the Honda were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the BMW, a 32-year-old man, survived with non-life-threatening injuries. The initial findings indicated that speed and alcohol might have contributed to the crash. However, the investigation is ongoing, and no charging decision had been made as of Monday.
3. In the early hours of Sunday morning, Jason Trujillo, 36, was tragically killed by a gunshot wound during a shooting incident in the 1200 block of Berwind Avenue. Pueblo police were summoned to the scene shortly before 1 a.m. following a report of a shooting. Trujillo was discovered deceased upon their arrival. Three additional victims arrived at a local hospital by private vehicle, two of whom were later transferred to another hospital in Colorado Springs with life-threatening injuries. Both of the transferred victims were still alive and undergoing treatment as of 4 p.m. on Monday. The authorities suspect that the shooting may have been gang-related, involving more than one shooter. A substantial amount of physical evidence was gathered from the scene. This incident marked the 19th homicide in the city of Pueblo for the year 2023.
The Pueblo Police Department urges anyone with information about the shooting to contact the police dispatch at 719-553-2502. Detective Ryan Torres can also be reached at 719-320-6037. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 719-542-STOP (719-542-7867) or visit pueblocrimestoppers.com. Providing information leading to a felony arrest may qualify for a cash reward.
In addition to these tragic incidents, a trial has begun for a Pueblo man who is accused of first-degree murder in a shooting that occurred in 2022. The trial is ongoing as the legal proceedings unfold.