Homicide Update – Arrest in 500 block of East Mesa Avenue Homicide
On Monday, July 3, 2023, the Pueblo County Coroner identified the victim in the homicide as 19-year-old Lazarus Vigil. Pueblo Police crimes against persons detectives obtained a 1st Degree Murder warrant for a 13-year-old juvenile male. The juvenile suspect was arrested by Pueblo Police on July 27, 2023, and booked into the Pueblo Youth Center.
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On Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at approximately 9:31 P.M., officers responded to the 500 block of East Mesa Avenue to investigate a report of a car on fire. While officers were responding to the scene, callers reported hearing gunshots before seeing the car on fire. When officers arrived, they found an adult male inside the car. When the male was taken out of the car, officers observed injuries that appeared to be gunshot wounds. The male was transported to a local hospital for treatment but later succumbed to his injuries. Detectives responded and are investigating this incident as a homicide.
No suspect has been taken into custody at this time. Updated information will be released when it becomes available. This is the thirteenth homicide investigation of 2023. This incident is not related to the homicide that occurred at Lambert Avenue and West 17th Street.
If anyone has information about this incident, you are encouraged to contact the Pueblo Police Department Communication Center at (719) 553-2502 or Detective Jose Medina at (719) 320-6006. If you would like to remain anonymous, contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers at (719) 542-STOP (719-542-7867) or www.pueblocrimestoppers.com.