A 12-year-old girl died in a crash in Aurora on Saturday evening involving a stolen vehicle driven by a 15-year-old, police said, and 11 other adults and children in the two vehicles were injured.

Police responded to the two-vehicle crash at the intersection South Buckley Road and East Kent Drive at 7:16 p.m. Saturday, police said in a news release Sunday morning.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the deceased girl.

Eleven people, ranging in age from 6 months old to 31 years old, were hurt in the crash, and the 12-year-old girl — who had been in the stolen vehicle — was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the 12-year-old, police said.

Investigators said they determined a Dodge Journey reported stolen earlier in the afternoon was being driven by a 15-year-old at a high rate of speed northbound on South Buckley when the teen driver struck the passenger side of a Toyota Tacoma that was turning left onto East Kent from southbound South Buckley. Police said there were four people in the Tacoma: a 31-year-old man, a 29-year-old woman, a 3-year-old girl and a 6-month-old girl. All four were taken to an area hospital, and police said the adults suffered life-threatening injuries.


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AURORA, Colo. — Aurora Police Department (APD) is searching for a suspect wanted in connection to a shooting that left four people dead.> Leer en Español The shooting happened early Sunday morning near 10th Avenue and North Geneva Street. Police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Joseph Castorena. He is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, with a slim build and a lion tattoo on his neck.

According to APD, a call came in from the suspect’s partner, who was unharmed and is safe. Two young children who were inside the home are also safe, police said. 

A family member related to three of the victims said Castorena broke into their home and waited with a gun for them to return from a party. 

The victims were Jesus Serrano, 51; Maria Anita Serrano, 22; Kenneth Eugene Green Luque, 20, and Rudolfo Salgado Perez, 49, according to the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

Maria Anita Serrano, known as Mariana, was Jesus’ daughter and was married to Ken, according to Ubaldo Codina, Mariana’s uncle.

When a man who rented an RV on the property came outside in the midst of the shooting, Cordina said, Castorena shot the renter too. Castorena’s onetime partner, who is Mariana’s twin sister, survived. 

“He told her he was going to kill her too,” Codina said. “But he ran out of bullets.”

Codina said the two children found safe in the home are Mariana and Ken’s now-orphaned daughters — one is just over a year old, and the other is three months old.

“Right now, everyone is devastated,” Codina said. “They were great people. They were workaholics. They would work hard so they could get the best for the kids. Jesus was a great parent. He was always there for them.”

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