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Durango man shot at motel dies from injuries

Close friend describes Quentin Mayberry as ‘funny,’ ‘extremely goofy’
A Durango man who was shot in the head Oct. 25 at Wapiti Lodge in west Durango has died from his injuries. (Durango Herald file)
Oct 25, 2023
25-year-old man shot at Durango motel
Oct 25, 2023
25-year-old man shot at Durango motel

A 25-year-old man who was shot in the head last week at a Durango motel has died from his injuries, according to the La Plata County Coroner’s Office.

Quentin Mayberry of Durango was an organ donor. Once arrangements could be made for his organs to be donated, the family said their goodbyes and he was removed from life support, said La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith.

He died about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. An autopsy is expected to be performed Friday in Durango.

The 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed formal charges of first-degree murder Friday morning against Jonnie Cash Kimbrough, 20, the Bayfield man suspected of shooting Mayberry.

The shooting was reported shortly after 3 a.m. Oct. 25 at Wapiti Lodge, 21625 U.S. Highway 160, in west Durango.

Kimbrough and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Hunter Griswold were staying in the motel room. They both said Mayberry had been asked to leave but refused.

Kimbrough told police he shot Mayberry because he was “lunging over” Griswold while she was sitting on the bed, according to an arrest affidavit. But Griswold denied that Mayberry was being physically threatening in any way.

“I was just in so much disbelief that Jonnie did this,” she told police.

Lana Lazare, a close friend of Mayberry, said Mayberry was “funny” and “extremely goofy.” He held his family and close friends in high regard, she said.

He used to work at Homeslice Pizza in Durango.

“Even looking at his face can make you laugh,” Lazare said. “His smile is very infectious.”

The shooting and any troubles he may have been experiencing seem “out of nowhere,” she said.

“For the most part, he stays out of trouble,” said Lazare, who knew Mayberry for about nine years. “He keeps to the people he knows and keeps to the people he trusts.”


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