January 26, 2022

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Alyssa Gunn Maldonado died, husband Jimmy Maldonado injured in Denver shooting spree – The Denver Post

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When Haley Torres thinks about Jimmy Maldonado, she recalls how in love he was with his wife, Alyssa, and how happy he was to be working as a piercer at Sol Tribe Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing in Denver.

“He poured his heart into his passions,” said Torres, who has known him since the late 1990s.

Alyssa Gunn Maldonado via Facebook

Alyssa Gunn Maldonado

Jimmy Maldonado was injured in Monday’s shooting spree in which at least five people were killed across Denver and Lakewood. He is in critical condition at Denver Health, confirmed hospital spokeswoman Rachel Hirsch.

His wife, Alyssa Gunn Maldonado, died in the shooting, according to a GoFundme campaign set up by a friend.

Alyssa Maldonado taught yoga at The Sol Shine in Denver, according to a Facebook post by the yoga studio.

“We are proud and grateful to have known these beautiful humans and send love as they are welcomed to meet with our ancestors,” wrote Sol Shine in the post about Alyssa and Jimmy Maldonado and Alicia Cardenas. “Today may we all come together and take one last breathe for them. Send them love, guidance, and peace. Knowing that they helped spread love and light during their time here.”

Cardenas, 44, the owner of Sol Tribe Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing was also killed in Monday’s shooting spree, which began at about 5 p.m. and started near the shop by the intersection of East First Avenue and Broadway.

The shooter traveled to multiple locations across the city, including the Cheesman Park neighborhood, near the Denver Health hospital campus and Lakewood’s Belmar district.

Jimmy Maldonado has been a piercer in Denver since 1996, having first apprenticed at Bound By Design. Jimmy Maldonado, who is also an Aztec Dancer, also worked at and “found his home” at Cardenas’ first shop, Twisted Sol, according to his biography on Sol Tribe’s website.

Torres did not know Alyssa Gunn Maldonado as well as her husband but said she heard from “multiple people who were very impacted by gifts of doula and yoga instruction.”

“It’s pretty painful,” she said.

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