Demetrius ďMeechĒ Cruz was terrified.
The 15-year-old called his aunt, Michelle Cruz, moments before his death early on the morning of Dec. 15, 2012, to tell her he and his cousin were being chased by suspects who bumped their car and wanted to kill them.
The threat came from some guys in a white car who were bent on killing him and his 18-year-old cousin who was at the wheel. Moments after the call was made, someone in the white car pulled out a gun, aimed it at Demetrius and fired.
A bullet struck and killed the teen.
More recently, police have indicated that the murder may have been a dispute over graffiti tagging. No one has been arrested in Demetriusí murder.
The cousin spoke with Denver Post reporter Tom McGhee about what happened that day. His name was withheld because he is a witness of his cousinís murder. The young man said he was driving when the attack came without warning.
The teens were heading home after a long night out on the town. Demetrius was planning to spend the weekend with his cousin at his great-grandmotherís home. He and his parents lived in a Volunteers of America homeless shelter.
Demetriusí family has previously denied that he was a tagger. But they acknowledged that Demetrius knew many people who were and that may have played a role in the shooting.
Denver police spokeswoman Christine Downs said the Demetrius Cruz case is now under investigation by the departmentís cold case unit.