Crime

Nov 8, 2010 5:05 PM by Zach Thaxton

Family of murder victim pleads for info leading to killer

The family of a man found shot to death last month is pleading with the public to help find his killer.  Stephan Wilson was found dead in his Rockrimmon condominium on October 1, two weeks prior to what would have been his 33rd birthday.

"He was someone that had a very big heart," said Leslie Smith, Wilson's mother.  "He touched a lot of people."  Smith and other family members called a press conference at the Colorado Springs Police Operations Center on Monday to ask the public to help find Wilson's killer.

On the evening of September 30, Wilson's neighbors in the Rockrimmon Condominiums on Delmonico Drive called Colorado Springs Police to complain about loud noise from a stereo or television coming from Wilson's garden-level unit.  Police knocked on Wilson's door, but nobody answered.  Police then talked with management of the condominiums, who said they would take care of the problem.  The following morning, management went back to Wilson's unit and heard the loud noise still coming from inside.  Management entered the apartment and found Wilson's body.  Police were then called to investigate the scene.  An autopsy the following day revealed Wilson had died from a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled Colorado Springs' 18th homicide of 2010. "We would like to speak with anyone who has been with Stephan or may have seen Stephan in the days leading up to his death," said Sergeant Charles Rabideau with Colorado Springs Police Department's Homicide Unit.

Wilson was a full-time student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, in his sophomore year working toward a degree in Economics.  His mother says Wilson was a light-hearted affable man who didn't have enemies.  "He was a person that would give you the shirt off of his back," Smith said.  "We just can't imagine what led up to this."

Anyone with information that may help in the investigation is asked to call Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7000, lead investigator Maresha Hale at 444-7558, Crimestoppers at 634-STOP, or send an e-mail to cspdwanted@springsgov.com.

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