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    Denver offers $14,000 reward for information about arson house fire that killed Senegalese family (Djibril Diol), (Adja Diol), (Kadidia Diol, 3), (Hassan Diol), (Hawa Beye)

    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1845370850

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/tjsav-fun..._medium=social

    https://www.denverpost.com/2020/08/0...update-reward/

    Denver police, the Senegalese community and relatives of the family killed Wednesday morning in a Green Valley Ranch house fire pleaded for the public's help Friday, with the department offering a substantial award for assistance solving one the city's most serious arson cases in years.

    Police announced the $14,000 award during a Friday afternoon news conference, seeking information into the fire that killed five members of a Senegalese family. They were identified as Djibril Diol, his wife, Adja Diol, and their 3-year-old daughter, Kadidia Diol along with Djibril Diol's sister, Hassan Diol, and her infant daughter, Hawa Beye.

    Firefighters responded around 2:40 a.m. Wednesday to a fire raging at the 5312 N. Truckee St. home. They were unable to save the family, but three others living in the house jumped from the second floor of the house and survived without life-threatening injuries. They have not been identified.

    Investigators quickly labeled the fire as an arson and on Friday they asked the public for information that could lead to an arrest.

    'Beyond the money, what I'm asking for is a heartfelt plea,' Joe Montoya, a Denver police division chief, said. 'I want people to look into their hearts ' and understand that this was a family that was thriving. They were heading the right direction.'

    Denver fire and police investigators have not said why they think the fire was suspicious or what motive someone might have for targeting the Diol family. As Muslim advocacy groups this week questioned whether the incident was a hate crime, Montoya said investigators 'don't want to get tunnel vision' on a potential motive.

    The fire devastated Colorado's Senegalese community and dozens gathered outside the burned house Wednesday to mourn and watch investigators pick through the house for clues.

    At Friday's news conference, Papa Dia, founder of the African Leadership Group, said the African community 'is not used to seeing something like this take place.'

    'We consider ourselves part of this society, part of this great nation we call home,' he said. 'And this is a time where you don't want to feel alone.'

    The tragedy prompted an outcry of support ' from Mayor Michael Hancock to Senegal's president, Macky Sall, who tweeted that he would be following the investigation from West Africa.

    Senegal's consul general, Elhadji Ndao, flew in Thursday from New York to pay his respects.

    'People were shocked back in Senegal,' he said. 'There's consternation ' almost anger. These were young people who were known to be peaceful.'

    A GoFundMe to help the family pay for funeral expenses and other costs has raised more than $142,000 in two days.

    Moussa Diol, whose brother died in the fire, could barely speak as he stepped behind the podium Friday to ask for justice.

    'Nobody deserves this,' he said quietly.
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    I am so glad to see they more than reached their goal on the GFM. RIP

    from 2018:
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    Outstanding Grad: Djibril Diol, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

    Life as a full-time engineering student is already challenging, especially for a first-generation college student. Combined with financially supporting numerous family members on two continents, Djibril Diol has needed exceptionally hard work, perseverance, and patience. His hard work pays off this month when he graduates from the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

    The road to being the first in his family to earn a degree was long, and he worked to meet both his educational needs and family obligations, financially supporting relatives in both the U.S. and his native Senegal.

    “I think it makes you a more responsible person,” Diol says of shouldering such heavy responsibilities. “I’m grateful that I’ve pushed this far, and having my goals and passions behind all of this pushes me to do more.”

    Using what he learned in his engineering courses and a summer internship for Larimer County, his goal is to build roads and infrastructure in rural Senegal, where existing resources are underdeveloped, with mostly dirt roads and rough terrain.

    Before realizing his goals for Senegal, Diol wants to get more industry experience in the U.S. and potentially earn a graduate degree. His real-world experience inspecting unpaved roads and sidewalks for Larimer County, combined with more education, could lead to significant changes back home.

    “You can learn from the bigger picture here in the U.S., and apply it to the smaller picture back home,” he said. “You learn things you didn’t think about doing before, things you can apply to the places you want to build tomorrow.”

    His membership in two student organizations, the National Society of Black Engineers and Africans United, helped him grow as a person while on campus, and his involvement helped him connect with other students, both locally and nationally.

    Diol attended the NSBE national convention earlier this year, engaging with engineering students across varied disciplines and nationalities. He even unexpectedly met with another student from Senegal, who is studying electrical engineering.

    In addition to his engineering studies, Diol has written three plays for Africans United, portraying ideas about Africa that people might not know. “I always want to make an impact wherever I go,” he says. “In the bigger picture, patience and perseverance will make the right things happen.”
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    This is incredibly sad. He was doing everything right, he had it figured out. What a bright light, he would have made such a difference.
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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ma...id=mailsignout



    Police in Denver released a surveillance photo Tuesday of three people in full face masks who are suspected of starting a house fire that killed five family members, including an infant and a 2-year-old.
    “The fire appeared to be deliberately set by three unknown individuals wearing dark hoodies and full-face masks who fled the area in a dark colored 4-door sedan,” the police wrote in a statement asking for help identifying the individuals.

    A $14,000 reward is being offered for information that might lead to the suspects.

    The victims were members of Denver's Sengalese community, and local and national Muslim leaders called on the police last week to investigate the fire as a hate crime.

    “This loss has left a huge void in our Colorado Muslim community,” the Colorado Muslim Leadership Council said in a statement to Religion News Service. “We call upon the Denver Police and Denver Fire Departments to expedite their arson investigation and bring those responsible to justice.

    At a press conference days after the fire, Moussa Diol, a family member, pleaded for answers.

    "Just help get this resolved, because this just hurts a lot, losing your family, all your family at one time," he said, KUSA reported.

    Djibril Diol immigrated from Senegal several years ago, according to the Religion News Service.

    A GoFundMe for the family described him as "a young man with a promising future" in civil engineering who "has left behind a community that he so deeply loved and cared for." He was working on a project reconstructing a portion of Interstate 70 in the Denver area, according to KUSA.

    Senegal's consul general flew to Denver from New York in the fire's aftermath at the request of his country's leader to meet with the victims' family, according to The Associated Press. The president of Senegal, Macky Sall, tweeted his condolences to the family.

    Denver Mayor Michael Hancock also offered his condolences and met with the family in early August. "You better best believe that this is something that none of us in this city or this state or in this nation should stand for,” he said, the AP reported.

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    That picture is terrifying.


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    https://abcnews.go.com/US/mystery-ar...ry?id=74136596

    More than three months since a mysterious arson fire killed five members of a Senegalese family, the blackened, burned-out shell of a house where they died stands untouched, surrounded by a chain-link fence covered with dry, faded flower bouquets and dirty stuffed animals.

    The house, located in a new subdivision not far from the Denver airport, looks much the way it did on Aug. 5. Around 3:30 a.m., police say three suspects in eerie face masks approached in darkness, igniting a fire that took the lives of three adults, a toddler and an infant.

    The suspected arsonists were captured in an image from a neighbor’s security camera. But despite a $40,000 reward, police say they have made no arrests, and most leads have gone nowhere.

    Djibril Diol, 29, his wife Adja Diol, 23, and their 2-year old daughter Khadija were killed, along with Djibril’s sister Hassan and her infant daughter, Hawa. Friends and family say Adja, Khadija, Hassan and Hawa had recently emigrated to the United States from Senegal. Djibril came to America in 2012 and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in civil engineering. Before his death, he was working for a construction company on a major highway project.

    Despite the apparent lack of progress, the Denver Police Department says the case is still a top priority.

    Two detectives are assigned to the case full-time, said Lt. Matt Clark of the major crimes unit. The department is also getting help from agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to Clark.

    As credible tips have come in suggesting possible leads or suspects, investigators have recently been serving search warrants for potential evidence like cellphone records, Clark said.

    “Some of these are connected to tips, and some are just general investigative tactics to identify and place someone at a location,” he said. “A lot of these are digital warrants. They’re not physical locations.”

    In addition, the department has assigned a sergeant from the cold case unit to help, though Clark insisted it is not considered a cold case.

    “This is just a resource I had available that I think could be beneficial to the investigation," he said.

    Some community members are growing increasingly frustrated and discouraged at the lack of arrests and the addition of a cold case investigator.

    “Everybody is asking for updates, and there’s been nothing,” said Ousman Ba, a Diol family friend.

    Friends, family and the police said the victims appeared to have been thriving in the United States and had no past trouble or enemies that would suggest a motive.

    For now, there is hope that new digital billboards and posters on city buses will keep the case in the public eye and hopefully yield a clue that might break the case.

    “We haven’t given up,” Clark said. “This is a very complex case, and it’s getting the resources and diligence that I think it deserves so we can bring justice to the family.”

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...out&li=BBnbfcL

    Three male teenagers were arrested Wednesday in connection with a mysterious six-month-old arson in Colorado that killed five members of a Senegalese family, including a toddler and an infant.

    Two of the juveniles are 16 years old and one is 15, Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said.

    "These are the individuals that we believe are responsible for this horrific crime," Pazen said at an afternoon news conference in Denver.

    On Aug. 5 at around 3:30 a.m., police say three suspects in eerie face masks approached a house not far from Denver International Airport in darkness, igniting a fire that trapped people inside and burned so intensely it damaged neighbor's homes on both sides.
    The suspects, who were not identified because of their ages, are facing a litany of charges including first-degree murder, attempted murder, first-degree assault, burglary and arson. Police say they were taken into custody at their homes in nearby Jefferson County. They are not related, but police say the three knew each other.

    Pazen would not discuss the alleged suspects' motives, citing a desire to protect the integrity of the investigation and achieve a successful prosecution. However, Pazen said investigators concluded that race does not appear to be a factor in the crime.

    "The evidence that we have uncovered and the circumstances and facts that we have found do not indicate that this is a bias-motivated crime," Pazen said.

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    I didn't think it could get any worse but it did. "oh, our bad. We meant to kill other people in a horrible crime, but accidentally killed the wrong people. oops."


    https://denver.cbslocal.com/2021/02/...diol-family-2/

    Teen Arson Suspect Confessed, Hit Wrong House That Left 5 Dead

    Multiple sources connected to the investigation into a deadly arson fire have told CBS4 at least one of the teenage suspects has confessed to police. The sources also say the suspects had intended to set fire to a different house, but inadvertently targeted the wrong home, killing an innocent family of five last August.

    The house fire on Aug. 5, 2020, killed Djibril Diol, his wife Adja, and their 2-year-old daughter. Hassan Diol and her infant daughter Hawa Baye were also killed in the fire. The family members were immigrants from Senegal.

    The fire investigation remained a mystery until last week, when police announced the arrest of three suspects believed to be involved in the arson case.

    Two 16-year-old suspects, Kevin Bui and Gavin Seymour, will be tried as adults and prosecutors will also try to handle the third suspect, a still unidentified 15-year-old, as an adult.

    Police have been tight-lipped about why the home of the Diol family was targeted.

    But now multiple sources familiar with the inner workings of the case have told CBS4 that the three teenage suspects had intended to set fire to a different house, although their precise motive for attempting that remains unclear. However they mistakenly burned down the home of the Diol family in the pre-dawn hours.

    Two sources with knowledge of the case tell CBS4 that at least one of the suspects has confessed his involvement to police, although the specifics of what he confessed are unknown. Records in the case have been sealed.

    The other teen was scheduled to appear in juvenile court on Wednesday.

    Bui and Seymour are facing murder charges. Kevin Bui’s sister, Tanya, was also arrested on federal gun and drug charges. She appeared in court on Wednesday. Prosecutors said that charges would be forthcoming related to the deadly arson case. Tanya Bui is accused of being involved in the planning before and/or after the homicide.
    https://www.9news.com/article/news/c...c-9366bcd66855


    Kevin Bui and Gavin Seymour, both 16, are charged with 60 felony counts related to the fire. They include the following:

    First-degree murder
    Attempted murder
    First-degree and second-degree assault
    First and fourth-degree arson
    First and second-degree burglary
    Conspiracy charges



    They also face several violent crime counts, which are sentencing enhancers. That means, if convicted, they could face additional time behind bars.

    Bui appeared in court for his hearing by audio-only from a juvenile detention center. He was advised of the charges against him and replied, "Yes, your honor," when responding to the judge.

    Seymour appeared next for a hearing by video and was also advised of the charges against him. His defense attorney said they've filed a motion requesting a reverse transfer hearing. That is essentially a mini-trial where evidence is presented before a judge who will determine if the case should move back to juvenile court instead of adult court.

    Both teens have status hearings set for late next week.

    Bui, Seymour and a 15-year-old boy whose case is still currently in the juvenile court system were arrested on Jan. 27. Denver prosecutors said they planned to request that the younger suspect's case be moved to Denver District Court, but unless that request is granted, his name is not being made public.

    The 15-year-old is charged with 47 counts that include:

    First-degree murder
    Attempted murder
    First-degree and second-degree assault
    First and fourth-degree arson
    First and second-degree burglary
    Conspiracy charges
    Sentence enhancer of aggravated juvenile offender

    Kevin Bui's older sister, Tanya Bui, was arrested on federal drug charges. She had not been charged in connection with the fire, but when her brother was identified as a suspect, investigators said they learned of her alleged illegal activities.

    She has been charged with the following federal crimes:

    Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute (less than 50 kilograms)
    Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...egal-rcna13916

    2 teens to be tried as adults over Denver house fire that killed 5 from Senegal

    Two teens charged with killing five recent immigrants from Senegal by setting fire to their house in Denver will continue to be tried as adults after a judge ruled this week that the trauma caused by the crime both locally and abroad required the possibility of a tough punishment.

    The two teens are accused of starting the Aug. 5, 2020, fire out of revenge after the robbery of one of their cellphones, only realizing later that they targeted the wrong people, according to investigators.

    Djibril and Adja Diol, their 22-month-old daughter Khadija, as well as Djibril Diol’s sister Hassan Diol and her infant daughter Hawa Baye died in the fire.

    The two teens charged were 16 at the time of the fire and were charged as adults, but their lawyers had asked for their cases to be moved to juvenile court. A friend who was 15 at the time of the fire, initially feared by some to have been a hate crime, is being prosecuted in juvenile court.

    In a ruling Tuesday, Judge Martin Egelhoff said that in addition to the great loss of those who died and the grief to their family and friends in West Africa, the close-knit community of immigrants the victims belonged to lived in fear and uncertainty during the long investigation about why such a crime occurred and whether they might be targeted.

    In his 23 years as a judge, Egelhoff said he had not seen a case with “such gravity, consequence and loss.”

    During a hearing to weigh the evidence in the case last year, lawyers for the two teens emphasized that they never talked about a specific plan to set a fire or expressed a desire to hurt anyone in any of the messages obtained by investigators.

    One of the teens told investigators they went to the home without a plan, possibly to vandalize it.

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