Teodoro Macias Jr., 28, of Longmont, Colorado, United States is accused of shooting six people at a birthday party in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado on May 9, 2021, which happens to be Mother’s Day. Authorities have yet to officially identify him as the gunman.
The party was held inside a trailer at the Canterbury Manufactured Home Community, a mobile home park of largely Latino residents in southeast Colorado Springs. Macias allegedly walked into the party shortly after midnight and opened fire.
Six victims were fatally shot namely Melvin Perez, 31, Mayra Ibarra Perez, 32, Jose Gutierrez, 21, Joana Cruz, 54, Jose Ibarra, 26, and Sandra Ibarra, 28, KRDO reported. Macias has been in a relationship with Sandra since 2020.
Melvin and Gutierrez are Joana’s sons. Mayra is Melvin’s wife and sister of Jose and Sandra.
Sandra studied veterinary assisting at Pima Medical Institute in Colorado Springs. On April 20, 2021, she took to Facebook to thank Macias for a pink wristwatch she apparently received as a gift from him.
The trailer was Joana’s home. Family and friends came over to celebrate her 54th birthday, the 31st birthday of her son Melvin and the 28th birthday of her daughter Nubia Marquez. Nubia attended the party with her husband Freddy Marquez, 33, but they left at around 10:00 p.m. on May 8, 2021.
“My mom had always liked celebrating them together,” Nubia told The Gazette. Freddy told the publication that Macias was a quiet and serious man who always carried a gun.
The motive behind the shooting is still unclear. On February 10, 2019, Macias took to Facebook to share a photo of a gun on top of a pile of U.S. dollar bills.
After shooting the six victims, Macias allegedly shot himself. He was rushed to the hospital where he later died.
There were also children at the trailer when Macias shot the victims. They were unharmed and are now in the custody of their relatives.
Macias is the son of Teodoro Macias and Quica Macias. The father is originally from Mariano Balleza, Chihuahua, Mexico.