2 Coron­ado High stu­dents killed over stolen purse

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Lance Ben­zel

Two Coron­ado High School stu­dents found dead on the side of a road near Foun­tain ear­lier this year were forced into “ex­e­cu­tion po­si­tion” and shot one at a time at close range — al­legedly the re­sult of a feud over a stolen purse.

The new al­le­ga­tion was made pub­lic Thurs­day in an ar­rest war­rant for Gus­tavo An­to­nio Mar­quez, 19, one of five peo­ple charged with first-de­gree mur­der in the ab­duc­tion and slay­ings of 16-year-old Natalie CanoPar­tida and 15-year-old Derek Greer.

Mar­quez de­tailed a grue­some ver­sion of events sur­round­ing the March 11 killings dur­ing a vol­un­tary con­fes­sion that came af­ter Colorado Springs po­lice found him wan­der­ing in a street and “fall­ing into traf­fic” a week af­ter the shoot­ings.

The bod­ies of Greer and Cano-Par­tida were found March 12 on Old Pue­blo Road near Foun­tain.

Ac­cord­ing to the newly re­leased court doc­u­ment, both bod­ies had “mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds.”

In the af­fi­davit, Mar­quez de­scribed how the teens were ab­ducted and forced into a ve­hi­cle be­fore their ex­e­cu­tions. He told au­thor­i­ties that Diego Cha­con killed Cano-Par­tida with two gun­shots and handed his gun to Marco An­to­nio Gar­cia Bravo, who killed Greer mo­ments later.

Cano-Par­tida was told she would at least get to tell her fam­ily good­bye.

When she didn’t act quickly enough, her killers took the cell phone they had of­fered her and pro­ceeded with their grim busi­ness — shoot­ing her and Greer at close range

Five peo­ple ul­ti­mately were charged with first-de­gree mur­der in the deaths. One of them, Alexan­dra Romero, told in­ves­ti­ga­tors she thought Cano-Par­tida would be beaten, not killed.

“Things got out of hand,” Romero, 22, said she later was told by Mar­quez, 19, one of three peo­ple al­legedly present dur­ing the slay­ings.

The ac­count of how Greer and Cano-Par­tida died is largely based on a vol­un­tary con­fes­sion by Mar­quez, who iden­ti­fied Diego Car­los Cha­con, 19, and Marco An­to­nio Gar­cia-Bravo, 20, as the trig­ger­men.

Mar­quez said the deadly se­quence be­gan when Gar­cia-Bravo, picked up Greer and Cano-Par­tida on March 11 and drove them to the home of Joseph Ro­driguez, in Colorado Springs. Ro­driguez, in­ves­ti­ga­tors were told, had nursed sus­pi­cions that one of the teens had taken his girl­friend’s purse dur­ing a party.

When Greer and CanoPar­tida showed up that night, Ro­driguez threat­ened them with a crow­bar, Mar­quez claimed.

Af­ter­ward, the teens were placed back into a car and driven around Colorado Springs. Gar­cia-Bravo was the driver, and Mar­quez and Cha­con were the pas­sen­gers. Cha­con, or Casper, had a pis­tol at the ready.

As they drove to­ward Old Pue­blo Road, Cano-Par­tida “begged for her life.”

She was told to stop be­cause it “would not change their mind,” Mar­quez said.

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