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Gazette Premium Content Apparent home invasion-related death in Colorado Springs ruled homicide, victim identified

photo - Dezmen Reiner. Photo via www.gofundme.com/af8ah8. + caption
Dezmen Reiner. Photo via www.gofundme.com/af8ah8.
By Andrea Sinclair Updated: June 17, 2014 at 10:30 pm

A 19-year-old man was stabbed to death during an apparent home invasion Saturday, and three others are being sought in connection with the incident, Colorado Springs police said Tuesday.

Dezmen Reiner, 19, died from stab wounds, and his death was ruled a homicide by the El Paso County coroner’s office. Reiner’s death marks the 12th homicide in Colorado Springs this year. There were 15 homicides by this time in 2013.

Conrad Goergen, 34, was identified as the resident of the home on the 600 block of Yuma Street that Reiner and three other men allegedly forced their way into about 10:20 p.m., police said.

Goergen, who reported the incident, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at a local hospital and released, police said.

Reiner’s older sister, Danielle Diaz, who lives in Glenwood Springs, said she’s hoping for more details about her brother’s death.

“I don’t know what happened that night and I don’t know what he was doing there,” she said.

She said her brother struggled with both physical and mental issues. “I want whoever was a part of this to come out,” she said. “I want to know what happened to my baby brother.”

Police spokesman Larry Herbert said there has been no decision on whether Goergen will face charges.

“We won’t be able to draw that conclusion until we complete the investigation,” Herbert said. “The focus is on finding everyone who played a role in this incident.”

Police said the other three individuals, who police have not identified, involved in Saturday’s incident should be considered dangerous.

Diaz said her cousin recently set up a memorial fund  to raise money for funeral expenses, which she said her parents cannot afford.

“He deserves a service,” she said.  “He was smart, and funny and creative. He cared for everyone around him,” she said.

“He drew all the time.  He liked to sing.” said Diaz.

Reiner is the second person in the region to die in a reported home invasion this month.

Teller County authorities continue to investigate the death of a 29-year-old Colorado Springs man who was shot during a reported home invasion on June 7. Authorities said Brian Camp was shot in the head at a home in Divide by a man who was “surprised” to see him there.

Both the shooter and woman in the home at the time of the shooting knew Camp and were questioned by investigators, but no arrests have been made, authorities said.

“We should have a decision on what direction to take the case by this time next week,” said Teller County Sheriff Mike Ensminger.

Anyone with information about Saturday’s homicide can call police at 444-7000.

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