Feb 14, 2011 8:08 PM by John Romero

Murders up in Pueblo this year

In 2010 murders were down in the City of Pueblo. "Last year whether you want to call it luck, or by the grace of God or karma, we had one homicide." explains Capt. Dayton Robinson with Pueblo PD.

In a city that averages about 6 murders a year it was good by any standards. But 2011 hasn't started off so well. "We've had 3 murders this year compared to the one last year for the entire year." says Robinson, "It's a bad way to start the year off obviously."

Those murders include the early January shooting of Pueblo teen Marco Morales, the late January shooting at Club Manor and the weekend discovery of the body of 45 year old Pedro Solis-Astroga along Fountain Creek Trail.

The news comes as a surprise to Pueblo residents. "It's a little alarming." says Pueblo resident Cindy Gonzales, "For Pueblo you don't want to hear those kind of things go on here in town." Still, they feel relatively safe in the community. "I've never really been that concerned about my safety." says Pueblo resident Aaron Williams. "I feel like I live in a very safe place." adds Gonzales.

As for police, they say they're not overly concerned as of yet. "The trouble with homicides is there's no way to predict them, and there's no way to stop them." says Robinson, "The usually happen in closed quarters or away from people. You just can't control them."

If you have any information on any of the Pueblo murders, especially the Club Manor murder, you are asked to call Pueblo Police at 553-2538 or Crime Stoppers at 542-7867



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