Thirteen-year-old boy is arrested for murder after ‘shooting dead grandfather whose leg was blocking aisle on a Colorado bus’: Victim’s family only found out he was killed when they went to report him missing

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Richard Sanchez, 60, was a few blocks away from his house in Denver when he was killed on January 27 after he allegedly got into an argument with a teenager
  • He was shot at around 6.40pm but his family only found out he died after they attempted to file a missing person report days later 
  • Denver police arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with the murder on Thursday

A 13-year-old boy in Colorado has been arrested over the murder of a grandfather who was shot dead while on a bus. 

Richard Sanchez, 60, was only a few blocks away from his house in Denver when he was killed on January 27 after he allegedly got into an argument with a teenager, according to Fox 31. 

He was shot at about 6.40pm at the intersection of South Federal Boulevard and West Mississippi Avenue but his family only found out he died after they attempted to file a missing person report days later.

Sanchez was rushed to hospital but later pronounced dead. Another person was hurt in the incident and treated at the scene but did not need to go to hospital. 

Denver police arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with the murder on Thursday.

A 13-year-old boy in Colorado has been arrested over the murder of grandfather Richard Sanchez, 60, (pictured) who was shot dead while on a bus

Sanchez was only a few blocks away from his house in Denver when he was killed on January 27 after he allegedly got into an argument with a teenager

Sanchez was only a few blocks away from his house in Denver when he was killed on January 27 after he allegedly got into an argument with a teenager

Sanchez allegedly got into the dispute with the teenager over complaints his leg was blocking the aisle.

‘At this stage of the investigation, it appears there was a verbal exchange between the suspect and victim about the victim’s leg blocking the aisle on the bus, and the suspect then shot the victim,’ a police spokesman said. 

The victim’s family was not told he was killed until they went to the police to file a missing report on Monday.

‘It feels unreal,’ Sanchez’s grandson Joseph Chavez said. ‘He was always happy. He was a really happy dude.

‘I was really heartbroken, honestly. I don’t understand how someone could do that to such an honest person. 

He was shot at about 6.40pm at the intersection of South Federal Boulevard and West Mississippi Avenue but his family only found out he died after they attempted to file a missing person report days later

He was shot at about 6.40pm at the intersection of South Federal Boulevard and West Mississippi Avenue but his family only found out he died after they attempted to file a missing person report days later

Denver police arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with the murder on Thursday

Denver police arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with the murder on Thursday

Around 178 passengers have reported assaults or injury while using the RTD transit in 2021 and the first two months of 2022

Around 178 passengers have reported assaults or injury while using the RTD transit in 2021 and the first two months of 2022 

‘It’s been hard because we didn’t know where he was at, and the whole time, he was at the hospital and they didn’t contact us. Nobody was there with him during his last breath.’

Authorities said the 13-year-old boy is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and the Denver District Attorney’s Office will determine which charges are brought.

Around 178 passengers have reported assaults or injury while using the RTD transit in 2021 and the first two months of 2022.

DailyMail.com has contacted the Denver police department for comment.  

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