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July 4th murder still unsolved after 20 years, Denver Police looking for leads

Benjamin Avila, 69, was killed in a parking lot on West Alameda Avenue where he frequently sold beans and other goods, police said.

DENVER — Denver Police Department (DPD) needs help finding information on the deadly July 2000 shooting of a 69-year-old man in west Denver.

DPD said Benjamin Avila was shot in his pickup truck in a parking lot next to 4300 West Alameda Avenue, which is located in the area of the West Barnum and Westwood neighborhoods.

DPD said Avila was well-known in the area because he parked in the lot on a daily basis to sell beans and other items from his truck.

Anyone with information connected to the homicide is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

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Metro Denver Crime Stoppers  

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or by visiting metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers are notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

> Additional Crime Stoppers bulletins can be found here. 

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