COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Police are on the search for a man they believe murdered a Colorado Springs father known as "The Ice Cream Man" among the community.
Suspect in the murder of James Quilter. Photo from CSPD.
on Wednesday, police identified 31-year-old Christopher Freeman Jr. as the suspect in the murder of 46-year-old James Quilter. Freeman is considered armed and dangerous, call Colorado Springs Police at 719-444-7000 with any information on his location. A picture of Freeman is below:
James Quilter Jr., a father of five and grandfather of four, was shot outside the Shannon Glen Apartments on the night of May 28. The following Monday, a crowd gathered with candles outside that same complex and held a vigil for the man known as "Mr. James the Ice Cream Man."
"He traveled the routes to the schools, the community, as far as Fountain all the way up past Stetson Hills," his wife told 11 News. "He even took it to Denver before and brought it back."
Police said immediately after the shooting that it may have stemmed from a disturbance.
Loved ones told 11 News Quilter's death left a huge hole in their neighborhood.
"He had a big impact, man. It's hard to know where to start," said his stepson Van Pena. "He was always cracking up a scheme to help out the community. He was always wanting to look out for somebody that maybe didn't have it. ... He was there. He was a good entry point, if you didn't have anywhere to go, you know you can go to him."
"He was a wonderful builder, a teacher, guider, problem solver, fixer. ... He took a lot of pride and joy in the friendliness, the welcomeness that everyone who saw him would see," wife Marjorie Quilter said.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with funeral costs. Click here if you wish to donate.