Family stunt leads to stabbing

LeRoy Standish
Posted 6/25/03

A vest designed to protect against bullets, shrapnel and knives failed to protect its owner during a family gathering June 20 at 9940 W. 20th Ave. …

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Family stunt leads to stabbing

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A vest designed to protect against bullets, shrapnel and knives failed to protect its owner during a family gathering June 20 at 9940 W. 20th Ave.

About 2:40 p.m. Gabriel Aranda, 26, was stabbed through the heart by his uncle, Amando Aranda, 32, as the two demonstrated the supposed bullet/knife-proof vest for a 14-year-old boy. Amando stabbed his nephew once. The knife sliced through the vest and into his nephew’s heart.

Amando is being held in the Jefferson County Jail for first degree murder. As of press time no bond had been set.

According to the arrest affidavit, the 14-year-old told police Gabriel, “put on a bulletproof vest and boasted it was made of lead. His uncle, Amando Aranda, grabbed

a knife and poked the vest worn by Gabriel once. The knife went into Gabe.”

After being read his Miranda Rights, Amando told police both

he and Gabriel had been drinking and doing drugs throughout

the day.

“They shared a pint of Seagram’s,” police said. “Amando added that they also drank beer and he smoked a bowl of marijuana earlier in the day.”

Amando went on to tell police he used a long-handled kitchen knife to demonstrate the protective power of the vest. Instead, the knife sunk into his nephew’s chest.

“They both realized what had happened,” police said. “Amando said Gabe dropped the vest and staggered out of the apartment. Amando put his finger in the hole in Gabe’s chest until paramedics arrived.”

Police and paramedics found Gabriel “bleeding from his chest near the front door.” He was rushed to Saint Anthony Central Hospital, but doctors were unable to repair the damage done to his heart. He was pronounced dead at 3:36 p.m.

Amando told police he and his nephew had “tested the vest with knives in such a manner four to five times in the last year in front of witnesses. Amando stated what happened today was an accident.”

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