Teen identified in Forth of July shooting, death ruled homicide

Emma Iannacone

The Larimer County Coroner’s Office identified the 16-year-old killed in a shooting on July 4 as Cross J. Goodwin, a Fort Collins resident, on July 14.

The coroner determined Goodwin’s cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the head. Goodwin’s death has been ruled a homicide, and an investigation by Fort Collins Police Services is ongoing, according to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office.


Goodwin died in the hospital after sustaining serious injuries in a shooting on July 4, according to a press release issued by the City of Fort Collins. 

Another 16-year-old boy was identified as the suspect in the shooting following police investigation. Police say Goodwin and the suspect knew each other, though no additional information about a possible motive has been released at this time. 

Fort Collins Police Services responded to a report of a shooting at 5:42 p.m. in the 800 block of Merganser Drive in north Fort Collins on July 4, according to the press release. Police found Goodwin on the scene with serious injuries before transporting him to the hospital for treatment.

The suspect is currently in police custody on an unrelated matter and there is no ongoing threat to the community, according to the City.

According to the Larimer County Coroner’s office, criminal charges are pending.

If anyone has any information about the shooting, they have been encouraged to call Detective Brandon Barnes at (970) 416-2051 or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated since it was originally published on July 5. Check back with The Collegian for future updates. 

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with the identity of the victim, as released by the Larimer County Coroner’s Office.

Collegian reporter Emma Iannacone can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @EmmaIannacone