Coroner: Fero's Bar and Grill murder victims were stabbed multiple times

DENVER - The Medical Examiner in Denver has released the cause of death for the five people found dead at Fero's Bar & Grill last month.

The coroner said all five victims died of multiple stab wounds.

Bar owner Young Fero, 63; Daria M. Pohl, 21; Kellene Fallon, 44; Ross Richter, 29; and Tereasa Beesley, 45, were found dead after a fire at the bar.

Denver Police said they believed the fire was set to cover up the homicides.

Less than one day after the bodies were discovered, police arrested three men -- Dexter Lewis, 22, and brother Joseph Hill, 27, and Lynell Hill, 24.

Investigators said the motive for the homicides was robbery.

The fire caused extensive damage inside the bar. Denver Fire spokesman Phil Champagne said the fire would have been difficult to survive even if the victims had suffered no trauma.

 

Fero's Was A Small Place

Matt Dunafon, who is the general manager at Shotgun Willie's, a strip club about a block away, said the bar was not a place known for fights or commotion.

"There's never ...  I've never heard of any gun situation or fights, I mean, it's a small place," he said.

Dunafon was close with the bar's owner, whom he described as a "house mother" for people who worked late because she would stay open until 2 a.m. making food and serving drinks.

Dunafon described Young Fero as a tiny Korean-American woman who worked hard.

"I can't see anyone being very mad at her and her not being able to handle things because she did everything. She cooked, bussed,  bartended,  waitressed, everything," Dunafon said.

"Whenever I think of Fero's, you know, it's not even Fero's. It's Young. 'Let's go see Young.' I don't think anyone even says Fero's, we just think of Young," Dunafon said. "That's our place to go, or it was anyway."

Dunafon said news of the killings "scares the hell out of me."

He said that kind of killing could happen at any bar open late and that he was rethinking security at Shotgun Willie's.

Chris Brady, a regular poker player at Fero's, told 7NEWS he was playing until 11 p.m. the night of the murders and everybody was having a great time and there were no problems.

Brady said he's very fond of Young Fero, who always had his pre-ordered meal ready when he arrived.

"She never took guff from anyone, but she was the sweetest woman," Brady said.

Thousands of people drive by Fero's Bar and Grill every day. It is on Colorado Boulevard, near Alameda, across from Target and Wells Fargo.