Colorado Springs

Affidavit: Teen kills best friend, best friend's mom

COLORADO SPRINGS - A 19-year-old is charged with first-degree murder after he shot and killed his best riend and his best friend's mom at a home in Colorado Springs.

Elijah Tyre Colon, who went by Elijah Phillips, was arrested on May 13 hours after fatally shooting Barbara and Christopher Pepper at the Pepper's home at 2539 Balboa Street. 

According to the girlfriend of Christopher, Elijah was taken in by the Peppers after he partied his way out of the University of Northern Colorado. 

Elijah had been staying with the Peppers for around a week before killing them. His parents were apparently living in Germany. Christopher's girlfriend told police that Elijah was complaining about having to work two jobs and that Christopher was stressed about taking care of Elijah.

At around midnight, the girlfriend, who was staying the night with Christopher, asked him to go down stairs to get her some ice cream. 

A short time later, she heard what sounded like gun shots and a scuffle. 

The girlfriend went out to the hallway to investigate, when she was met with Elijah. Elijah forced her back into Christopher's bedroom, repeatedly saying that he was sorry and that he didn't mean for this to happen. 

Elijah then went to Barbara's purse, stole her keys, and then took her blue Toyota Corolla. 

The girlfriend found Barbara on the kitchen floor with a gunshot wound to the head. She also found Christopher and attempted to give him CPR but was unsuccessful. 

After calling the University of Northern Colorado and searching through social media, authorities were able to determine that Elijah Phillips was actually Elijah Colon. 

Elijah was found by Utah Highway Patrol driving Barbara's car. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. 

To read the full affidavit, click here


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