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Sheriff says Leadville woman killed by stalker out on bail

Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post

A Leadville teaching assistant was shot to death Wednesday night by her next-door-neighbor who had been stalking her for approximately two years, Lake County Sheriff Sheriff Ed Holte said today.

Holte identified the victim as 58-year-old Yvonne “Vonnie” Flores.

Flores was in the driveway of her home at 1601 Mt. Massive Drive about 8:18 p.m. when Anthony Medina, 58, opened fire with a .38 Taurus revolver, said Holte.

Flores had just returned home after running an errand.

Medina then turned the weapon on himself and fired a fatal shot into his head.

Flores was taken to Saint Vincent Hospital in Leadville with gunshot wounds to the head and chest and died of her injuries.

Holte said that in the past two years, Medina had become increasingly infatuated with Flores, who lived with her husband, Dave, next door to Medina.

“He would walk slowly by their home, he’d look through their windows,” watch her leave home and then follow her, approaching her on the streets of Leadville, said Holte.

Flores complained that Medina was stalking her, touching her and making inappropriate comments, said the sheriff.

“The problems had been on-going for a couple of years,” said Holte.

In February or March, Dave Flores began building a privacy fence between the properties.

Sheriff Holte said Medina was arrested on June 22 for stalking Flores. He made the customary bail of $2,500 in such stalking/harassment cases, said the sheriff.