Police still searching for clues in shooting

Grand Junction police investigators met with campus security officials at a Utah college Wednesday as they tried to understand what might have set off a 22-year-old man believed to be responsible for killing two Grand Junction residents and wounding two others.

Police had no immediate comment on what they learned about Stefan Alexander Martin-Urban from officials at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah.

Martin-Urban is believed to have fired more than a dozen shots at the four people Saturday morning in front of the home of Terry and Linda Fine, 2631 Chestnut Drive. Terry Fine and Flo Gallagher were killed, while Linda Fine and a neighbor, Paco Larson, were wounded. Later that morning, police said, Martin-Urban shot himself in the head, and he died in the hospital the next day.

Police also are inquiring into the circumstances of the death of Martin-Urban’s father, spokeswoman Kate Porras said. Published reports said Walter Urban committed suicide four days before Christmas last year, but

Porras said investigators had no official notification of that and didn’t know whether it might help them explain Martin-Urban’s actions.

The husband and daughter of Flo Gallagher, 60, issued a statement Wednesday, their first since her death.

They described Flo as “a spectacular wife, mother, best friend and our never-ending source of humor and happiness.”

Mike and Lauren Gallagher said they wouldn’t discuss the events of Flo’s death with the media at this time.

“For now, we want to make sure that the focus stays on Flo,” the Gallaghers said in the statement. “We want to focus on Flo’s life contributions and not on the circumstances of her shocking and untimely death.”

A memorial for Flo Gallagher will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Robinson Theater of the Moss Performing Arts Center at Mesa State College. Mike Gallagher is a former president of Mesa State.

The Gallaghers and Fines were close friends and were preparing to drive Saturday to Las Vegas for a vacation.

“We mourn their loss while we mourn our own, and we wish Linda Fine a speedy and complete recovery,” the Gallaghers said in the statement.

Linda Fine is recovering at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Larson was treated at St. Mary’s after suffering a gunshot wound that left a bullet in his back.

Police said Wednesday they remain interested in contacting the driver of a white four-door pickup truck who waved the Gallaghers’ silver BMW through the intersection of 27 and G roads between 8:20 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Police hope to confirm that Martin-Urban’s dark green Honda CR-V was following the Gallaghers at the time.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the department’s tip line, 244-3755.


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