Authorities identify victim, suspect from fatal assault at Montrose party

A 19-year-old stabbing victim who died early Sunday morning in Montrose has been identified as Zachary Culmer, according to the Montrose County Coroner’s Office.

A 17-year-old boy, Isaac Garcia, is in custody at Grand Mesa Youth Detention Center in Grand Junction on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department.

Culmer died from stab wounds to the neck, the coroner’s office said.

The Sheriff’s Department said its investigation has found that Culmer showed up uninvited at a large house party at 14566 Mustang Lane in Montrose. A fight ensued, Culmer was killed, and witnesses at the party alleged that Garcia was Culmer’s attacker, the Sheriff’s Department said.


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