Cody Nicholson (left), Tirso Munguia

High School Student Dead After Shooting In Cheyenne; Two Suspects Arrested

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

The Cheyenne Police Department on Tuesday morning announced that two suspects are in custody following a fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl Monday night.

In a statement released by police, the Triumph High School student was shot and killed Monday night in a vehicle on Dell Range Boulevard near Frontier Mall.

Four people, including the victim, were traveling in a vehicle together at the time of the incident, CPD reports.

The suspects, Tirso Munguia, 19, and Cody Nicholson, 18, both of Cheyenne, were seated in the back of the vehicle, while the victim and another female were seated in the front.

According to statements, Munguia and Nicholson were handling a firearm while the group was traveling on Dell Range Boulevard.

“Munguia reportedly fired the gun, striking the female victim in the front passenger seat,” the CPD statement reads. “The vehicle pulled over and Nicholson fled on foot with the firearm. The driver then proceeded to the Frontier Mall parking lot and placed a call to 911.”

The identity of the victim has not been released.



Laramie County School District #1 confirmed that the victim was a student at Triumph High School.

Mary Quast, director of community relations for the school district, sent out an email Tuesday morning expressing their sorrow for the loss and included a message from Troy Lake, the principal of Triumph High School.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students and have issued the letter below to families in the student’s school community,” Quast said referencing Lake’s letter.

“Last night, Triumph High School experienced the loss of one of our students,” Lake said. “The Laramie County School District 1 community is grieving, and our deepest condolences go out to our student’s family.”

Munguia has been charged with manslaughter without incident and Nicholson was charged with accessory after the fact to manslaughter.

This is a developing story.

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