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Investigators release photos of masked people, car believed connected to fatal Denver arson

House fire killed 5 people in early August
Posted at 4:59 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 11:02:51-04

DENVER – Investigators on Tuesday released pictures of three people wearing full face masks and dark hoodies, and pictures of a dark-colored four-door sedan, that they say are connected to the investigation into a suspected arson that killed five people from a Senegalese family earlier this month.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers released the images Tuesday afternoon and said that the three people seen in the photos are believed to have deliberately set the fire in the 5300 block of North Truckee Street on Aug. 5, which killed Djibril and Adja Diol, their daughter Khadija, and two others: Hassan Diol and her infant daughter, Hawa Baye.

Crime Stoppers said the reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects still sat at $14,000 as of Tuesday.

Police said the three people seen in the photos are believed to have fled the area in the dark sedan also shown in the photos around 2:30 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 5, when the fire occurred.

Senegal’s president offered his condolences to the Diol family and sent the consul general to confer with the community and city in the wake of the fire.

In addition to the Crime Stoppers reward, a GoFundMethat was set up to raise money for the family and for funeral expenses, to which Mayor Michael Hancock urged people to donate, had raised more than $187,000 as of Tuesday.

People who might have information on the suspects after seeing the new photos are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous.