Thursday, May 9, 2013

Score One For The Good Guys: Homicide Edition

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

The late summer and early fall of 2010 were some of the bloodiest Tucson has seen in terms of homicides. Believe me, I spent a lot of time covering and tweeting about it while working for another publication.

It got so bad during a five-week stretch (roughly Aug. 8-Sept. 10, 2010), with at least 21 reported homicides within the city limits, that Tucson police PIOs had started referring to the last workday of the week as Homicide Fridays because nearly every one began with them and us cop reporters rendezvousing at a deadly crime scene.

Most of those homicides were solved almost immediately, or not long after they were committed. Some of the assailants have been convicted and are already serving time.

But the death of at least one victim, 36-year-old Darwin Wells, had gone unsolved for more than a year-and-a-half until TPD announced Thursday it had arrested Gunnar Quick, 37, the night before in connection with that homicide.

Wells was found dead in the parking lot of the Sunflower Apartments on Golf Links near Wilmot around 2 a.m. on Aug. 27, and for a long time TPD had no clue who was involved in his death. That changed last November, according to a press release, and ultimately that led to Quick's arrest.

Those few weeks in 2010 were some tense ones around Tucson, with people trying to explain the sudden upswing in killings. Good to see that, even after all this time, police are still working to take an (alleged) killer off the street.

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Brian J. Pedersen

  • Pedersen on Sports

    A Tucsonan spends his summer vacation dealing cards (and showing off a regrettable tattoo) in Vegas
    • May 22, 2014
  • Crash! Bang!

    Metal Mulisha presents The Crash Factory
    • May 22, 2014
  • Miming to the Music

    The Inner Journey: Mime, Music and Story
    • May 22, 2014
  • More »
Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue
Tucson Japanese Festival 2019

Tucson Japanese Festival 2019 @ Tucson Chinese Cultural Center

Sat., Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Pink Martini and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra

PINK MARTINI performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece,… More

@ TCC Music Hall Sat., Jan. 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 20, 2-4 p.m. 260 S. Church Ave.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Stella Tucker, Tohono O’odham Keeper of Saguaro Fruit Harvest, Dies at 71 (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Claytoon of the Day: Stressing RBG (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Ducey's State of the Schools Address (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Lauging Stock: Comedy Show To Raise Repurposed Roof (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Four Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Wednesday Jan. 16 (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2019 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation