December heart attack death brings Colorado Springs 2013 homicide total to 31

lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - Updated: February 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm • Published: February 12, 2014 | 5:15 pm 0

The death of a heart attack victim in December has been ruled a homicide, Colorado Springs police said.

Arthur Garcia Jr., 48, was found unconscious at the intersection of Rainier and Royale drives after a disturbance on Dec. 30. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

According to police, the El Paso County coroner's office said his death was the result of "acute cardiovascular collapse due to cardiovascular disease during a struggle."

No arrests have been made, but police said they have interviewed and identified everyone involved. The district attorney's office is reviewing the case to determine whether charges will be filed, police said.

According to Garcia's Jan. 15 obituary in The Gazette, he was a lifetime resident of Colorado Springs and a native of Pikes Peak Park. He was a father of five.

Garcia's death is the city's 31st homicide of 2013.

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