Candlelight Vigil Held For Murder Victim

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

A southern Colorado man who was shot and killed last week was remembered by family and friends over the weekend.

49-year-old Richard “Rick” Maes was shot on the corner of 8th and Alamo in Pueblo. That’s where his family and friends held a candlelight vigil Sunday evening.

“My brother used to get along with anybody and anything,” said Theresa Anderson, Maes’ sister. “He was very kind."

Maes’ family is still trying to understand why someone would have killed him. "I thought my brother might die because of bad health, but not the way they ended up killing him," said Anderson.

Maes was shot and killed last Monday. Pueblo police arrested 22-year-old David Luna. Cops said Luna is the man who shot Maes several times in the chest.

"We had planned on getting married in August," said Cindy Herrera, Maes’ fiancé. “It's hard to sleep, it's hard to get over it, cause you can't close your eyes without seeing the whole thing happening."

Luna is engaged to Maes’ daughter, Melissa Lucero, who also witnessed the attack. The Maes family said Melissa did nothing to prevent her dad's death.

Luna is being charged with murder. The D.A.'s Office will decide whether Lucero will face any charges in connection to the shooting.

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