Jul 29, 2011 11:06 PM by Matt Stafford

Still hard to believe

Colorado Springs Police are still looking for 24-year-old Michael Arangio, suspected of shooting and killing three Colorado Springs teenagers around 10 p.m. Wednesday.

16-year-old Aaron Fix, 19-year-old Wayne Fix, and 16 -year-old Austin Howse were found in an SUV at Montebello Drive and Mira Loma Circle with gunshot wounds. Two of them were dead when police arrived, another was clinging to life. Crews tried CPR but they later died at an area hospital.

Days later, a steady stream of visitors is still stopping by the scene to remember the three teens killed on the street just feet away.

"He wasn't just my son in law, he was like a son to me," Estella McGowen, grandmother in-law of Wayne Fix, tells News First 5. For McGowen it's hard to think about how quickly he was taken.

"He was at my house for dinner that evening and was supposed to come back, but he got a call from his brother to come pick him up," McGowen says, but they didn't make it home.

From the scene Wednesday night, to police searching the area Thursday; neighbors aren't really sure what to think.

"I heard about it around 10 o'clock until about five in the morning, I was up," says a neighbor who lives just across the street from the scene, and for them it's still hard to think about what happened.

"It's just something that we don't need, no one needs, in their neighborhood," the neighbor tells NF5.

"And we're a little scared, obviously; this kind of a thing should never even happen in the first place."

But there's no changing what happened now; that's something family and friends are having a tough time coming to terms with.

McGowen came to see the memorial Friday; mostly looking for answers, but she's leaving with the same questions.

Why did God let this happen?" asks McGowen; it's an answer that she doesn't know if she'll ever find, but she knows she has a reminder of Wayne every time she looks at her 2 year old great-granddaughter -- Wayne's little girl

"The blue eyes, the long eyelashes you know; she was a daddy's girl," says McGowen as she holds a picture of her great granddaughter next to a childhood picture of Wayne displayed on the memorial. She says she's exhausted from crying, but trying to stay strong for her family -- as she calls it, the job of a mother.

Police say the suspect, Michael Arangio, is considered dangerous. If you see him don't approach him, call 911 immediately.


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