Unsolved Case # 13
Reference Number 00-6
My son H. Gregory Jukiewicz was murdered on Saturday, November 25, 1994 at 5:58 pm. He had requested from his boss to leave work (Midtown Motor Co., 8110 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado, 80220 - corner of Ulster and Colfax) five minutes early to go and make a car payment. His car was parked just around the corner on Ulster Street. We know he started the car (Black 1968 Plymouth Fury) - the lights were on and wipers going. He got out of the car, possibly to brush light snow from the car or to confront killers. He was shot once outside the car (in his side), he got back into the car (the window was open) and possibly tried to get away (car was turned up onto curb and in gear). At least two of the nine bullets struck him, one through the elbow (raised in defense), the other through the back of his head - killing him.
The known eyewitness, a woman, was parked at Wendy's drive-up window. She had just given her order when she saw the shooting. She shouted to the clerk to call police, then pulled out of the lot and pursued 2 fleeing black youths (one approximately age 12 to 13, the other an older teen). She chased them until they cut through the back lot of a boat sales store down the street. They were spotted again a few minutes later hiding behind a dumpster behind a nearby bar, but they ran again into a park (across the city line into Aurora, Colorado). Two youths saw one of them drop a gun from his pocket as he ran. They picked it up, their father later turned it in to the Aurora Police department. The suspects ran into an Aurora apartment complex, but have never been named or identified.
Robbery was ruled out as a motive, as Greg still had his paycheck and $13.00 in his wallet. Police do not believe carjacking was a possibility because the car is so distinctive. The gun was traced to it's original owner who was in jail at the time of the murder, then traced through several drug deals until the trail went cold. The police at first assumed that Greg must have been involved in drugs- he was not and the autopsy and testimony from his friends convinced police Greg would have nothing to do with drugs. As Detective Rathburn (Denver PD) stated to a newspaper article, "It's puzzling. There was no reason for the killing."
My husband and I offered a $5,000.00 reward for ANY information but it has gone unclaimed. We had a billboard posting the reward at the intersection and fliers throughout the neighborhood. There is currently no detective assigned to the case, yet the police have repeatedly stated they will not work with Second Opinion Service. After 5 and 1/2 years we are extremely frustrated that the police still feel that "someone will be brought in - probably on other charges, and confess."
Greg was only 19 when he was killed, he had just moved into his own apartment and was working as a mechanic until his band "got their break". He was a very talented musician and artist. If you have any information that may help solve this case, please contact the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. at 1-888-818-7662 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the reference number in any and all correspondence.
The National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc.
4960 Ridge Avenue, Suite # 2
Cincinnati, Ohio 45209