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Colorado man charged in killing Cedar Rapids teacher, daughter charged with murder

Marcos Orozco, charged with two counts of first-degree murder. (Larimer County Jail)

A Colorado man already in custody after causing a fatal crash that killed a Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School teacher and his oldest daughter that he was visiting is now facing murder charges.

19-year-old Marcos Orozco is now facing multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder.

Authorities say on Nov. 22, Orozco was fleeing police after a burglary when he crashed into a vehicle carrying 55-year-old John Nees and 38-year-old Nicole Nees. John Nees was in Fort Collins, Colorado visiting his Nicole for Thanksgiving.

Orozco stole weapons from a pawn shop in a smash and grab burglary.

Below are all of the charges Orozco is facing in relation to the crash and burglary.

  • Murder in the First Degree – Extreme Indifference, 2 counts (class 1 felony)
  • Murder in the First Degree – Felony Murder, 2 counts (class 1 felony)
  • Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder in the First Degree (class 2 felony)
  • Vehicular Eluding (class 3 felony)
  • Leaving the scene of an accident (class 3 felony)
  • Second degree burglary (class 4 felony)
  • Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft in the First Degree (class 5 felony)


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