Woman, 21, shot dead over argument about dog poo

A 21-year-old woman has died after a neighbour allegedly shot at her and her boyfriend while they were walking their dog.

Isabella Thallas and Darian Simon were strolling through downtown Denver, in the US state of Colorado, on June 10 when Michael Close allegedly became angry about their dog relieving itself, according to KUSA-TV.

The shooting occurred after a man started to yell at Simon for commanding the dog “to poop,” police said. Close was arrested and taken into custody in Park County.

Ms Thallas died the scene and Mr Simon is currently recovering in the hospital after being shot in the leg and butt, authorities said.

Isabella Thallas was shot and killed while walking her dog with her partner. Source: GoFundMe

A GoFundMe has been set up for the Thallas family because her mother, Ana Thallas, has been on furlough and not able to work.

“The family needs our help with funeral and living expenses,” the GoFundMe, set up by a friend of the family, says.

“A mother should never have to bury her child and especially for such a violent reason.”

“She was such a beautiful, innocent soul,” her mother Ana Thallas said according to the Associated Press.

Her father, Josh Thallas, said his heart was broken.

“I’ve never gone to sleep crying and woke up crying in my life. I’ve been through a lot,” Mr Thallas said.

“I can’t replace what was taken today.”

Ms Thallas had turned 21 just days before her death.

Darian Simon, the co-owner and co-founder of "Be a Good Person" brand, is recovering in hospital. Source: GoFundMe

A GoFundMe has also been set up to support Mr Simon, who is also the co-founder and co-owner of Be A Good Person, a brand “developed based on a passion for positivity and a brighter future that we foresee within our society”.

The 26-year-old’s femur is “completely shattered”, according to the website.

On June 12, Be A Good Person announced on Facebook the store would be temporarily closed, while the brand also thanked the Denver community for its support.

“We are overwhelmed in the face of tragedy. But we see you rallying in support, we hear you sending love, and we thank you,” the post said.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the Thallas family. A beautiful soul was lost too soon. We are hurting with you.”

The Thallas family has said they are seeking to convert the spot where Isabella Thallas died into a dog park.

More than 100 people showed up for a vigil to remember Ms Thallas, while Mr Simon watched the vigil from his hospital bed through Facetime, according to ABC7.

According to ABC7, police allegedly found an AR-15 and a handgun Close’s vehicle. He is facing first-degree murder and attempted murder charges.

with AP

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