Father of 8 killed in Colorado Springs, suspect now in custody

Published: Aug. 31, 2022 at 3:53 PM MDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2022 at 1:25 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Police in Colorado Springs captured the person they believe is responsible for killing the father of eight children.

On Wednesday, police announced the arrest of 25-year-old Brian Alford. Alford is charged with first-degree murder.

Brian Alford
Suspect Brian Alford(CSPD)

11 News spoke with the family of the man killed on Aug. 19. Click here for more on that story. That night, Colorado Springs Police responded to a shooting at the Kum & Go gas station near Hancock Avenue and Jet Wing Drive on the southeast side of the city. The victim in the deadly act of violence was later identified by the El Paso County coroner as Jeremy “JJ” Diaz.

“We just want justice,” said Cory Sheley, Diaz’s brother. “We want justice, and we want closure. We want to be able to say my brother got justice even though this was a senseless act of violence.”

Cassie Cameron, a friend of Diaz, and Sheley are also sharing more about Diaz’s life with 11 News.

“Everyone knows him for his biggest smiles and he has the biggest heart,” said Cameron. “He’s just an incredible person. He was a good friend of mine.”

A GoFundMe has been set to help Diaz’s family. If you wish to donate, you can do so by clicking here.

The following statement from a family friend was sent to 11 News on Wednesday after she learned of the arrest:

“I’m happy to learn that CSPD has someone in custody, but this isn’t the end of the story. While it’s a step in the right direction, for this wonderful man’s family and friends, there are still so many unanswered questions. What was the cause of the violence? What happened? Why did you take his life? Why did you so carelessly end such an incredible person’s time on earth...and for what?”