In March, 2013 a state parolee killed the popular head of the Colorado Department of Corrections, Tom Clements, and Nathan Leon, a father of three. Leon's family says his death didn't get the attention it deserved.
Reports of hate-related incidents put the topic front and center last year. But while end-of-year data are not yet available, it's clear that confirmed hate crimes remain relatively low compared to all reported crimes in Colorado.
Blacks make up just 4.2 percent of the state’s population, but account for 12.4 percent of all arrests and summons made in 2015.
Racist and anti-semitic rhetoric has been growing in Colorado and across the country, including a recent incident involving high school students in Boulder who formed a chat group on Facebook.
Colorado's murder rate also remains lower than the nation's as a whole.
Those mass shootings include five in Colorado: two in Colorado dating back to 1993.
- Officials say investigators have interviewed 1,000 people and eliminated 12 of them as persons of interest in the six shootings, two of which were fatal.Read more
- Prosecutors say they bought water from the city of Boulder at agricultural rates, about $30 an acre-foot, and sold it to an oilfield services company for about $2,700 an acre-foot.Read more
- A colleague saw a syringe and needle in her bag on her last shift before the test.Read more