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Victims in Lamar murder-suicide identified, investigation continues


The Prowers County Coroner’s Office and Lamar Police Department have released the names of the people involved in the triple shooting that occurred in Lamar over the weekend.

Jourden White, age 24, shot three people living in the Lamar Apartments, located in the 700 Block of Mullen St. just before 2:00 p.m. Saturday.  White then fled the scene.

There were four people in the apartment at the time of the shooting. Roy Bock, 50, and Loretta Rhoades, 58, were shot and pronounced dead at the scene. A third victim, Keisha Graeff, 18, was shot and transported to the Denver area for treatment. She remains in critical condition. The fourth person in the apartment was the suspect.

An alert about White’s vehicle was distributed to law enforcement agencies. A short time later, officers with the Granada Police Department spotted and chased the suspect’s vehicle. 

Following the pursuit involving several law enforcement agencies, White stopped in a field near Holly, where he got out of the vehicle and used a handgun to take his own life. No shots were fired by law enforcement.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation.  White and the victims knew one another. The specifics about those connections, including possible family ties, remain under investigation