Family & Pets
Woman shot dead over argument about dog poo
A 21-year-old woman has died after a neighbour allegedly shot at her and her boyfriend while they were walking their dog.
Isabella Thallas and Darian Simon were strolling through Downtown Denver, in the US state of Colorado, on June 10 when Michael Close allegedly became furious as their dog relieved itself.
The shooting took place after a man began to yell at Simon for commanding the dog “to poop,” said police. Close was arrested and taken into custody in Park County.
Ms Thallas died at the scene and Mr Simon is currently recovering in hospital after being shot in the leg and butt, according to authorities.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Thallas family because her mother, Ana Thallas, has been on furlough and unable to work.
“The family needs our help with funeral and living expenses,” the GoFundMe, set up by a friend of the family, says.
“A mother should never have to bury her child and especially for such a violent reason.”
“She was such a beautiful, innocent soul,” her mother Ana Thallas said according to the Associated Press.
Her father, Josh Thallas, said his heart was broken.
“I’ve never gone to sleep crying and woke up crying in my life. I’ve been through a lot,” Mr Thallas said.
“I can’t replace what was taken today.”
Ms Thallas had turned 21 just days before her death.
A GoFundMe has also been set up to help Mr Simon, who is the co-founder and co-owner of Be A Good Person, a brand “developed based on a passion for positivity and a brighter future that we foresee within our society”.
His team is “completely shattered”, according to the statement posted on the website.
On June 12, Be A Good Person announced their store would be closed temporarily, while thanking the Denver community for its support.
“We are overwhelmed in the face of tragedy. But we see you rallying in support, we hear you sending love, and we thank you,” the post said.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the Thallas family. A beautiful soul was lost too soon. We are hurting with you.”
The Thallas family has said they are seeking to convert the spot where Isabella Thallas died into a dog park.
More than 100 people showed up for a vigil to remember Ms Thallas, while Mr Simon watched the vigil from his hospital bed through Facetime, according to ABC7.
According to ABC7, police allegedly found an AR-15 and a handgun Close’s vehicle. He is facing first-degree murder and attempted murder charges.
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