Soldier Sent Strange Text Message To Parents Before Getting Gunned Down

DENVER (CBS4) – CBS4 has uncovered a new clue in the murder of a Fort Carson soldier in Denver.

Sgt. Anthony Silva was about to drive home to Illinois with his father when he was shot and killed. It happened last month outside a Motel 6 on Paris Street. CBS4’s Tom Mustin spoke with Silva’s parents. He found out Silva got in touch with them shortly before his death.

Silva’s parents in their hometown of Colombia, Ill. said about an hour before their son was gunned down they received a very disturbing text message from him. Denver police are not talking about the case but the family says the text message seemed to indicate that their son was in danger

Ricky Scott, 22, was arrested Friday night at his home on West 37th Street in Denver. Police have not released his picture.

“He was strange and just like weird,” Paula Vigil said of her neighbor, Scott.

According to police records obtained by CBS4, an hour before Silva was shot he sent a disturbing text message to his parents saying, “In some sh– but ok. Call me 2morrow.”

Vigil said Scott moved into her neighborhood a few weeks ago with his girlfriend and a child; and she saw some bad signs.

“I kind of had a feeling that something wasn’t going to be right,” Vigil said. “One day he was out here talking on the phone, talking stupid like a gangster … ‘I’m ready to go to jail’ and all this stuff.”

Silva’s parents say Scott’s arrest is bittersweet.

“I’m glad we got the guy. It doesn’t bring Tony back and it’s justice for Tony. Hopefully he’ll rest in peace and we’ll get some peace out of it too,” Silva’s mother Diane Silva said.

Silva’s parents say they blame United Airlines for putting their son in harm’s way. They say United cancelled their son’s flight and recommended he stay at the Motel 6.

United said they are aware of the situation and they’ll send CBS4 a statement, but so far that statement has not arrived.

Denver police say the case remains an open investigation.

Comments

One Comment

  1. KCWildguy says:

    They say United cancelled their son’s flight and recommended he stay at the Motel 6.

    So your son being a “gangsta” thug was also United’s fault? SOmetimes, stuff happens. I know it’s hard, but this garbage almost always begins at home. The reporter is an idiot for even repeating that stupid line.

    1. Gentle Reader says:

      OK, so you have the victim and the killer mixed up — United canceled the victim’s flight (Tony Silva) so he had to stay in the Motel 6, and the killer’s neighbor said he was “talking stupid like a gangster” (Ricky Scott) prior to the killing. So who is the idiot?? You should apologize to Tony Silva’s parents.

      1. Rose Berg says:

        I agree! Hello, Tony helped fight for your freedom and you cannot even take a minute to get the facts right? Yeah, who’s the idiot? Good call gentlereader.

    2. Rose Berg says:

      I agree! Hello, Tony helped fight for your freedom and you cannot even take a minute to get the facts right? Yeah, who’s the idiot? Good call gentlereader.

  2. nwabuonu says:

    This story lacks a lot of clarity. Was Sgt. Anthony Silva (RIP) really with the father, “Sgt. Anthony Silva was about to drive home to Illinois with his father when he was shot and killed.” OR, “Silva’s parents in their hometown of Colombia, Ill. said about an hour before their son was gunned down they received a very disturbing text message from him.” Please someone clarify.

    About the neighbor just suddenly coming into the picture and already talking about a new neighbor moving in and acting all weird, I think she is the weird one since she apparently did not make out time to actually get to know her new neighbors but stood at a distance to know them and making judgemental comments about them, ““He was strange and just like weird,” Paula Vigil said of her neighbor, Scott.. I did not understand from this story how they got to Scott unless the late indicated who shot him.
    Please if we cannot relay the news properly we should just leave it alone. This is becoming a common habit and it needs to be looked into, seriously. I do not claim to be a news writer or anything other than just a mere reader.

    1. duckygoose says:

      where is the ‘LIKE’ button. Your comment hits it right on the head.

  3. denvervet says:

    I am freakin confused………

  4. duckygoose says:

    OMG….i thought it was just me that was confused. Now I don’t feel so crazy.

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