Greeley man beaten to death after argument on gambling bus

Billy Kirk Page dies from blunt force trauma

LOVELAND, Colo. - Loveland police have arrested a suspect in the slaying of a fellow passenger from a gambling bus that had just returned from Black Hawk, Colo.

According to police, they were sent to an assault call just before 2 a.m. in the parking lot of the Chilson Recreation Center at 700 E. 4th Street.  They found 41-year-old Billy Kirk Page, of Greeley, Colo., unresponsive in the parking lot.  He was rushed to Medical Center of the Rockies where he was pronounced dead.

Police said 32-year-old Cory James Nix, of Loveland, returned to the parking lot and spoke to investigating officers about what happened.

Detectives learned that Page and Nix had been passengers on a privately-chartered bus that had taken passengers to Black Hawk. During the return trip, Nix and Page were involved in an argument on the bus and police believe Nix assaulted Page once he got off the bus in the recreation center parking lot, according to Sgt Justin Chase.

An autopsy showed Page died of blunt force trauma, he said.

Nix was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.  He was transported to the Larimer County Detention Center, but police said a booking photo wasn't available.

Police said the bus was a private charter that wasn’t arranged by the City of Loveland.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation who has not already spoken with the Police is asked to contact Detective Paul Arreola using the Police tip line at 970-962-2032.

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