Mother: Teen Randomly Shot At House Party Had Survived Leukemia

By Jamie Leary

THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Thornton police said Saturday they are still looking for the person who killed 16-year-old Haley Vargaz.

Investigators believe witnesses to the crime may be too afraid to come forward, and for the first time Haley’s mother is speaking out, hoping she can influence someone to have the courage to speak up.

“Somebody’s out there and knows something, saw something, and whoever’s mother that is, they know,” said Haley’s mother, Emelda Vargaz.

Haley was killed early Saturday, Sept. 17, outside of a house party on the 13000 block of Monaco Way.

Haley Vargaz (credit: CBS)

Haley Vargaz (credit: CBS)

Friends of Haley told CBS4 the party was cut short just before 2 a.m. Two sisters who did not want to be identified tried to keep Haley alive until police arrived.

“Some guy just started shooting in the house and everybody started running to their cars, and I saw a girl just fall in the middle of the street,” said one teen. “Nobody was helping her, so we just couldn’t leave her there by herself.”

Another teen stepped in and tried to save her.

“I grabbed my friend’s shirt and I just wrapped it around my hand and just put it over the wound to stop the bleeding,” said another teen, who did not want to be identified.

Haley’s mother says police came by around 3 a.m. Saturday morning to tell her that Haley had been shot. She rushed to the hospital, but it was already too late.

“They told me, ‘Your daughter was shot in the stomach and she died.’ That was the hardest thing to hear and deal with. I still am in disbelief but I saw her body yesterday and it was her,” said Emelda Vargaz.

Haley Vargaz (credit: CBS)

Haley Vargaz (credit: CBS)

Haley was a junior at Thornton High School. Emelda Vargaz says her daughter had many friends and was the type of girl who would do anything for anyone. Haley was also a volunteer at North Suburban Medical Center and wanted to work in the medical field.

This was the first year Emelda Vargaz agreed to let her daughter go to the Friday night homecoming festivities — as long as she was back by curfew. Emelda Vargaz says she keeps waiting for Haley to come in the door, or come up from her room.

“I can’t go downstairs. It’s hard. I tried once and just broke down. Hugging her pillows, hugging her towels. It’s horrible.”

It wasn’t long ago Haley found out she had won a painful battle with cancer. Emelda Vargaz says she can’t understand why this happened to her of all people.

“She was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 11, fought for 2 1/2 years, was in remission, survived it, and to end that battle this way … no words can describe how I feel.”

Her family is also angry, calling it a senseless act of violence. Police believe Haley was an unintended target. Emelda Vargaz wants justice.

“I think the parents really need to be strict with these kids, get them out of gangs, get them out of trouble. Why do you let them run around like this and do destructive stuff like this?” she said. “I’m very angry that this person isn’t caught. I’m hurt, I want this person. I want justice. I want at least a little peace in my heart when I bury my daughter.”

Haley Vargaz (credit: CBS)

Haley Vargaz (credit: CBS)

Police do have a vague suspect description. Investigators are looking for a Hispanic male in his late teens or early 20s. He is described as skinny and about 5-foot-6 with dark hair, a nostril ring and glasses.

They are also searching for two vehicles that may be connected to the crime. One is described as an older model black SUV, possibly a Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon or Cadillac Escalade. The other is a red four-door sedan made in the early or mid-1990s, possibly a Honda or Toyota.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Thornton police at 720-977-5069.

There is a GoFundMe page to help Haley’s mother and father cover funeral expenses.


One Comment

  1. increased sadness, sorrow, and grief caused by this nations establishment, of occult religious church standards. shall only result in an increase, in hell and death with pestilence, plague, and famine.

    both the constitution of the united states, and the colorado constitution forbid you from establishing or giving support to any cult or occult churches standards. with separation of church and state not separation, of G-D and state. which forbid the federal or state government, from imposing or establishing any religious standards on anyone.

    you shall never be given with physical peace, by enforcing or teaching false religious standards on anyone. it is forbidden in scripture, to teach any religion of hasatan, baal hamolech, or hamavreek(lucifer the brilliant gay star). just as it, is forbidden to teach false cultist religions to anyone.

    this world, does not teach truth religiously but only teaches diverse untrue mental cruelty. and the diversity of liars, shall only result in more and more hell and death to all. as metal taught diversity, shall always result in human sacrifices. and all mental diversity, is the reason for all physical conflict in idolatry.

    and you shall not stop the madness of diverse hell and death with more idolatry untrue, to ELOHEEM and Their Only Begotten Virgin Born He/She Son Adam. with us all being physically here, in THEIR Giving This Physical Story of The Whole Physical Creation again. with your diverse religious beliefs, that is the cause of all hell and death on earth here in The Her Story(HaTorah).

    if you do not make mental peace, with G-D and THEIR Son Adam Truly. you shall never be given with any true physical peace. This is THEIR Physical Theocratic Story, that is not happening the diverse ways any of you say. and shall continue to physically happen, The Way THEY say to all of you choosing to be THEIR mental enemies.

    do not care if all of you as enemies, do not accept what happens next after ELOHEEM has THEIR He/She Son to death. but this physical story, is all physically happening TheWay it is already written and given to Moshe. and your mental disagreements, with ELOHEEM and THEIR Son shall never make things any better.

    the further you separate yourselves from G-D and THEIR Son, the more physical hell and death you shall be given with. if you wish to continue to be untrue to ELOHEEM and THEIR Son. the torture and torment are personally yours to own. if you reject, the physical grandfather of all on earth, then so shall you be rejected. This is THEIR Physical Story to give, not yours to physically give.

    Pastor jimmie c boswell
    aka: The Male Child from ELOHEEM
    Rabbee: yehoshooah adam

  2. it shall not make things better, if you continue to make ELOHEM and THEIR Male Child adam more and more angry with you all as THEIR enemies. THEIR Male Child adam, does not like to see The His grandchildren murdering each other in every way mentally untrue to G-D.

    and you all, have little time left to repent to ELOHEEM, before The Day of Rest again. once HaMosheeach is anointed again, it shall be too late to repent to G-D. as always adam and his mate, shall be your G-d for the final day here in TheTorah prior to Noach for the first day again.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Denver

Marijuana In Colorado: Talking With Youth
Send A News Tip

Listen Live

AM/FM Stations

Featured Shows & Multimedia