Authorities say Colorado man kills woman he was stalking, then kills himself

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Authorities: Colo stalker kills woman, then self

LEADVILLE, Colo. — A Colorado woman was fatally shot by a man who was free on bail after being arrested on a charge of stalking her, authorities said Thursday.

The man then killed himself, Lake County Sheriff Ed Holte said.

Yvonne “Vonnie” Flores, 58, was killed in her driveway Wednesday night, Holte said. He identified the gunman as Anthony Medina, also 58.

Flores and her husband lived next door to Medina, who lived with his mother, authorities said.

Medina had been stalking Flores for about two years and was arrested June 22, Holte said. He was released on $2,500 bail, which is standard for a stalking or harassment charge, Holte said.

A judge issued a temporary restraining order on June 24 requiring Medina to stay away from Flores.

Flores told deputies that Medina would look in her windows, follow her, touch her and make inappropriate remarks, Holte said. Her husband, Dave, started work on a privacy fence between the two houses earlier this year.

Holte described Medina as “a different type of person” but said he showed no signs he could be violent “to this level.”

Yvonne Flores was a kindergarten teacher’s assistant at a Leadville elementary school.

“Vonnie was a caring, thoughtful individual and well-loved by everyone,” said Bette Kokenes, superintendent of Lake County Schools. “She was always there for the kids. She was extremely supportive of the teachers. She was always happy. She always had a smile on her face.”

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