Father’s Day murder at Wal-Mart shocks Glenwood
Post Independent Staff
On Sunday, June 16, Father’s Day 2002, the unthinkable happened. A Glenwood Springs father of two, artist Tom Lubchenco, was killed while working the night shift at Wal-Mart.
Since that night, Glenwood Springs police have investigated the killing, but have failed to come up with a suspect.
Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson said during the six months since Lubchenco’s killing, his department is still chasing down leads and interviewing those who might have information.
Lubchenco was shot to death around 11:30 p.m. inside the South Glenwood Wal-Mart store, while he was working there on the night stocking crew.
In the days after the homicide, police based their investigation on descriptions they received from witnesses that the killer was a 5-foot, 10-inch white male with a thin build who was wearing a black baseball cap and a black jacket at the time of the shooting.
Still in shock from the Coal Seam Fire, residents nonetheless rallied in support of Lubchenco’s grieving family. Artists from the valley contributed paintings and other works that were auctioned off to raise funds for Lubchenco’s widow and two young children.
Even after six months, however, Wilson declined to release any additional details of the case because, he said, police need to keep some information classified so it is only known by investigators and the person who committed the crime.
Wilson said the department has conducted more than 100 interviews with people who might have information.
The department has also worked with other local law enforcement agencies, as well as some on the state and national level.
There is still a $20,000 reward for anyone who provides information to police that leads to the killer’s capture and conviction.
Wilson urges anyone with any information on the case to call Glenwood Springs police at 384-6500.
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