In a recent story, a graduate student was murdered in Centennial, Colorado last fall by a juvenile gang member. A group of Denver Crips targeted the victim because they wanted to rob a “white” person and the victim looked like he might have money.
In reality, this young man, Andrew Graham, was a 23-year-old graduate student coming home late at night. He was looking for a place to live in Boulder, Colorado where he was handpicked by his professors to take part in a new master’s program for mathematical engineering at the University of Colorado. On November 6, 2009, he was gunned down in the early morning and his body was discovered in the front yard in a quiet neighborhood.
Five Crips members stalked him and a juvenile member of the gang shot him. This type of behavior was consistent with the gang members’ involvement in racially motivated violent attacks on white people in Lower Downtown Denver along the 16th Street Mall last summer. The gang was responsible for robbing, assaulting and attacking as many as 26 people during this time.
So far, the police have arrested 31 people including Crips gang members. The alleged murderer has been arrested and is in jail.