On Aug. 6, 19-year-old Darrell Mitchell gave the shoes off his feet to a homeless man. Two days later, the recent high school graduate was shot to death on Denver’s streets. He was the second teenager killed that day.
After that violent August weekend, it just felt like The Denver Post’s reporters were writing more and more stories about young people being killed by gun violence. After paying $200 to the Denver Police Department for data, the instinct was proven right.
Not only are more people 19 and younger becoming victims, they increasingly are becoming a higher percentage of those killed by gun violence in Denver. It’s a serious problem in a city that says it wants to be a safe place for people to raise their children.
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– Noelle Phillips, Denver Post breaking news editor
Metra Bell’s 19-year-old son, Darrell Mitchell, was shot and killed in Denver on Aug. 8. The family has many questions about what happened that night. Police have arrested two teens. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
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Suicide is now the leading cause of death for teens and children in this state. That’s why The Denver Post is launching a new project, with the support from USC Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism through the school’s National Fellowship and a grant from the Fund for Journalism on Child Well-Being.
We need your help to understand the rise in teen suicides and what can be done to address the issue. Share your stories with us and help us with ideas for our coverage as we seek to keep the conversation going. Click here for more information.
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StoneAge employees Ted Roth, left, and Tanner Harwood discusses the crafting of a part Aug. 23 in Durango. (Shaun Stanley, Special to the Denver Post)
StoneAge, a Durango manufacturer, wanted to buy a Chinese factory and build a lower-cost line of its water-powered industrial cleaning equipment. When the trade dispute between China and the U.S. escalated last year, the $5 million purchase fell apart, eliminating a source of future growth.
Now, not just potential sales are evaporating, but existing ones too. Read more from Aldo Svaldi.
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Outgoing Denver Sheriff Patrick Firman (Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post file)
Denver Sheriff Patrick Firman’s resignation this week culminated years of mistrust from deputies and community activists who said that was the price of filling the position with a man who was never the right person for the job. Read more from Elise Schmelzer.
Supporters cheer during a campaign rally for Donald Trump in October 2016 at the Pueblo Convention Center. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
In the past six months, conservatives have tried to recall five Democratic lawmakers and the governor. Four of those campaigns failed to gather enough signatures, one recall target resigned for unrelated reasons, and the attempt to remove Senate President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, is ongoing. Reporter Anna Staver checked in with both sides of these efforts to try and figure out what can be learned and what’s next.
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A forklift operator drives a stack of cans to the warehouse at the Ball Metal Beverage Packaging plant Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 in Golden. Ball is by moving toward using renewable energy to offset their production process. (Michael Ciaglo, Special to the Denver Post)
When you’re a Ball Corp., Vail Resorts or DaVita Kidney Care, your carbon footprint can be massive. On the flip side, that footprint, which spreads across multiple locations in this and other countries, can be transformative if your goal is to go 100% renewable energy.
That’s exactly what the Colorado-based Fortune 500 companies are aiming to do, Judith Kohler reports.
Rich Snyder posed for a portrait at Red Rocks on Aug. 5. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
In 2015, Rich Snyder bought a piece of desert near the New Mexico line that would put him face to face with rattlesnakes, artifacts and haunting dreams. It was a purchase that would result in the loss of most of his worldly possessions — and lead him into the arms of a people he’d never met. Read more from Andrew Kenney.
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Photo of the week
West Metro Fire medic Chris Trost walks up the amphitheater at Red Rocks to post the American flag at the start of the 11th annual Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair climb Wednesday. See more photos from the event here.