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Monica Montoya

Summary: The stepfather of a Colorado woman engaged in a fight with her mother fatally shot the woman and then himself in a murder-suicide.

Denver woman Monica Montoya was trying to stop a domestic dispute between her mother and stepfather when she was shot. The 43-year-old mother of triplets received a call for help by her frantic mother during a fight with her husband, Luis Lara.


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Montoya drove to the couple’s home in Commerce City, Colorado. When she arrived, the fight escalated with Montoya getting fatally shot by Lara, who then killed himself. Lara has a record of domestic violence with a case from 2007 and two other investigations since but no arrests. Montoya’s mother was injured during the dispute but has already been released from the hospital.

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Montoya was a wife and mother to 9-year-old triplets. She worked as an engineer and was described by neighbors as “Monica was a great person. Friendly and kind. Kind of shy and reserved, but always friendly and kind.”

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Her sisters have started a profile to raise money for the triplets’ education. Their goal of $50,000 has nearly been reached. As Montoya’s sister Silvia Briscoe explained on the page, “In her personal life her kids education was always at the forefront of her planning. This donation will help finish the work she so lovingly began.”




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