Former Yuma Strip Club owner murdered in botched Denver robbery
YUMA, AZ- One of the five victims murdered in a Denver bar fire is from the Desert Southwest.
Police are treating it as arson-murder. "It appears that the motive of this crime was robbery, that they came in there, I don't want to say that it was a robbery gone bad, but it wound up being a robbery. The arson was set to try to cover up the crime scene," Denver Police Commander Ronald Saunier said.
Late Wednesday night police arrested Dexter Lewis, 22, Lynell Hill, 24, and Joseph Hill, 27. All face five charges of first degree murder as well as arson and aggravated robbery.
"We feel comfortable that they are the individuals that are accountable for this horrendous crime that occurred, but there's still much work to be done to make sure that we have a successful prosecution," Denver Police Chief Robert White said Thursday.
One of the people inside the bar is from Yuma. Tereasa Beesley was at Fero's Bar and Grill early Wednesday morning when things turned tragic.
Beesley owned the Gentlemen's Club formerly known as Toppers on 8th Street and Magnolia Avenue in Yuma.
Friends say Beesley moved to Denver a couple months ago to start over and open a new bar.
Just this past weekend, Beesley replied to a friend on Facebook saying she opened a night club there called Maxim Lounge.
Since Beesley's murder, friends and loved ones are paying their respects, leaving comments on her Facebook page.
Beesley leaves behind a son and daughter.
Her son wrote these words to her on Facebook, "I love you more than anything in the whole world mom. I'm going to miss you so much, please watch over Sierra and I. I can still feel you inside of my heart, I just wish you didn't have to leave. It hurts to know for the rest of my life I will never be able to hug my mom ever again. Or hear her say how much she loves me. I know how much you loved me, and I hope you know I loved you just as much."
Tereasa Beesley was 45-year-old.
The medical examiner has not released the cause of death.
Police aren't saying how the five victims died and won't say if any weapons were found.
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