Victim, suspect identified in deadly NE Denver shooting

Clay Baeza-Garcia held on 1st-degree murder

DENVER - Authorities on Monday identified a 67-year-old Denver man shot to death on Sunday evening and the 34-year-old man accused of pulling the trigger.

Denver police said the shooting was reported about 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a home at 3634 Lafayette St. Police said residents in the home held the suspect until officers arrived.

The Denver medical examiner said the shooting victim, Jose Diaz-Luevano, was transported to Denver Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. An autopsy determined his cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest. The death was ruled a homicide, the medical examiner said.

Denver Jail records identified the suspect as Clay Baeza-Garcia, who was held on investigation of first-degree murder Monday. He was being held without bond.

A neighbor, Teresa Hayward, said she knew the victim only as "Poppy." She told our partners at the Denver Post she heard a lot of yelling and noise from the house across the street and at first thought it was connected to the Denver Broncos playoff game.

Then she looked outside and saw several people were on the porch and in the yard.

"A little boy came running out hollering, 'They shot my Poppy. They shot my Poppy,' " Hayward told the Post.

Hayward said police arrested a younger man who had long hair and bloody clothes. She did not recognize him.

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