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Colorado Springs shooting victim Mandi Patti was 'larger than life'

August 3, 2017 Updated: August 5, 2017 at 7:39 am
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photo - Amanda Patti, 43, was found dead at the Kingsborough townhomes. (Photo courtesy of her sister, Linda Lampasso.)
Amanda Patti, 43, was found dead at the Kingsborough townhomes. (Photo courtesy of her sister, Linda Lampasso.) 

Two people killed Monday in an apparent murder-suicide at the Kingsborough townhomes have been identified.

Mardios Ah Chang, 38, shot and killed Amanda Patti, 43, before turning the gun on himself, Colorado Springs police said Thursday.

Patti is the city's 18th homicide victim this year. The city had 14 homicides at this time last year.

Mandi, as her family called her, was "larger than life," said her sister, Linda Lampasso. She leaves behind a son, daughter and granddaughter.

"Amanda's loss will leave a void in our lives that will never be filled," Lampasso wrote in an email to The Gazette. "Her smile completely lit up any room that she walked into. She was a people person who could make friends with anyone who came across her path."

Patti spent the last three years living in Colorado and working at Family First Life Colorado, the life insurance and retirement planning company where Lampasso and her husband are regional managers. But she "was happiest in her sandals and beach attire, and (Florida) was her true home," Lampasso wrote.

"May we all pray that her soul now rests in peace."

Chang also is accused of shooting two other people in an adjacent townhome. Those victims are recovering and are in stable condition, police said.

Court records show police initially were pursuing attempted-murder charges against Chang related to the non-fatal shootings - this during the hours-long active shooting situation. Those charges now are being quashed, police said.

The arrest affidavit for Chang - also known as Julio - identifies the two wounded residents as Kristin Kane, 27, and Noel Robertson, 22.

Kane was inside 3837 Village Road South when she was hit in the leg by gunfire from outside the townhome, the affidavit shows.

She initially told police her neighbor, a man named "Who-ride" or Julio who lives at 3835 Village Road South, "came into her apartment and said he was sorry as that (the bullet) was not meant for her," the affidavit says. But later, she told police he pointed a handgun at her when he entered her apartment and told her to leave.

He "walked to the upper level of the apartment and began to fire multiple rounds from a handgun and a rifle," the affidavit says.

Police said the shooting started about 8:55 p.m. Monday. When police and medical help arrived, Chang fired on them from a window in the neighboring home, 3835 Village Road South. He later was found dead in the apartment of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers saw "numerous spent shell casings from different caliber weapons" when they arrived on scene and saw Chang go into the apartment at 3835 Village Road South, the affidavit says. At the time the arrest warrant for Chang was requested, law enforcement had not seen anyone leave the apartment.

Neighbors living nearby told The Gazette Tuesday they remembered hearing 20 to 40 shots.

Chang's record shows he also was convicted of first-degree sexual assault in 1996. Sentencing information was not available online.

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