Kremmling BLM river ranger among victims in suspected Denver homicide
Ross Richter, 29, a former river ranger for the Bureau of Land Management in Kremmling, was one of five victims of an apparent homicide that took place early Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Fero’s Bar & Grill in Denver.The bodies were found by firefighters who were responding to a fire that was reported at the bar around 1:50 a.m.Denver police are investigating the incident as a “homicide-arson,” according to a story published by the Denver Post on Wednesday, Oct. 17. It is believed that the bar was set on fire to try to cover up the killings.The four other people found in the bar have been identified as: Young Suk Fero, 63, the owner of the bar; Daria M. Pohl, 22, of Denver; Kellene Fallon, 45, of Denver; and Tereasa Beesley, 45, of Denver.Three men have been arrested in conjunction with the crime. Two of the three men were advised of the charges against them in a Denver Courtroom on Friday, and the third was advised of the same charges on Thursday.Lynell Jonathan Hill, 24, Joseph Nathanael Hill, 27, and Dexter Lewis Jr., 22, are facing charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, robbery, and arson stemming from the slayings at the Denver Bar.Richter, who was originally from Kansas, had worked as a seasonal employee with the BLM in Kremmling since 2009.”Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ross’ family and friends as we mourn this loss to our BLM family,” said Steve Hall, communications director for the BLM office in Kremmling.”Ross was an amazing outdoorsman who loved the beauty of Grand County and Rocky Mountain National Park. The mountains were his passion,” said Martha Sortland, a friend of Richter’s and an associate director of marketing and communications for the YMCA of the Rockies.”He loved to spend every second of his free time on the trails. He especially enjoyed sharing his passion for the outdoors with others; this is the legacy he has left for us,” she added. “It is heartbreaking that he died in such a senseless act of violence. Words cannot express how deeply he will be missed by family and friends.”
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