DENVER (CBS4)– Family and friends are remembering Pablo Delrio after he was shot and killed during an attempted armed robbery at an auto parts store Monday night.
“None of us could believe it,” said Delrio’s cousin Jesus Espinoza. “He has a daughter, too. Which is harder for us because we’re like, ‘What is she going to do?'”
Police in Denver continue to search for the two suspects who shot and killed Delrio, 22, as friends and family laid flowers, balloons, placed signs and posters and even car parts in the parking lot of the store where he worked.
The shooting happened at the O’Reilly Auto Parts store near Chambers and Green Valley Ranch about 9 p.m. Monday. Two men in masks shot Delrio, an employee working at the store, during an attempted armed robbery.
Delrio died at Denver Health Medical Center. Police are counting on the surveillance cameras.
Friends said he was a gear head who loved his job.
“He would always go out of his way to help somebody if their car was messed up, anything,” said friend Joslyn Howard. “He was a sweet person.”
“He was a very, very sweet young man. He always helped me with my car. A have an old car and he always joked and told me to dump it,” said friend Denise Hood.
“He was just doing his job. That’s it. He was just being a clerk. They went in there trying to rob the place and he was trying to stop it, ended up giving his life for it,” said Espinoza.
Police have little to go on and hope someone will come forward with information.
“Officers have been there all day, since late last night. They’re processing all the information on the scene as well as looking for additional information,” said Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com. If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash reward up to $2,000.