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5th grade girl, parents killed in SW Denver shooting identified

The Traylor Academy student and her parents were killed after being shot in their home near Sheridan Boulevard & US-285, police said.
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DENVER — The family killed in a shooting at their southwest Denver home last Thursday have been identified as 11-year-old Christine McDaniels, 48-year-old Joseph McDaniels and 37-year-old Althea McDaniels, according to the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner.

Each of their deaths was ruled as a homicide, the report says.

Officers responded to the 3000 block of South Golden Way just after 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the Bear Valley neighborhood just west of Sheridan Boulevard and north of US-285, according to the Denver Police Department (DPD). 

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Althea McDaniels was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Christine and Joseph McDaniels were taken to nearby hospitals where they later died, according to police.

Christine was a fifth-grade student at Traylor Academy at 2900 S. Ivan Way in Denver, part of the Denver Public School District.

The McDaniels' son, also a student at Traylor, escaped the home unharmed, according to DPD.

DPD's Joseph Montoya called the incident "one of the most emotional cases that I've ever dealt with."

"I'm not just talking about myself, everybody that was involved in this, from the victims' advocates to the hospital workers, were shaken by this incident," he said.

The suspect, Bustaman Kartabrata, 59, was located and arrested in northeast Denver. He's being held for investigation of three counts of first-degree murder and felony menacing. 

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