Authorities tight-lipped about homicide

2013-01-09T06:30:00Z 2013-01-10T10:36:28Z Authorities tight-lipped about homicideAndrea J. Cook Journal staff Rapid City Journal
January 09, 2013 6:30 am  • 

Other than the victim’s identity, Rapid City police released little information Tuesday about Monday night’s homicide at a local residential motel.

A call of shots fired summoned police to the South Dakota Rose Inn around 7 p.m. Monday. An officer in the area actually heard the shots, according to Capt. Doug Thrash.

Officers arrived to find 33-year-old Eustacio Marrufo lying dead in the parking lot of the East Boulevard motel. Marrufo died at the scene. Emergency medical personnel did attempt to revive him, Thrash said.

“His wound was deadly from the minute it hit him,” he said.

Thrash could not say how many shots were fired. No weapon or shell casings were found at the scene.

Marrufo was not carrying any identification, but his identity was confirmed Tuesday. He had recently lived in Rapid City, Kansas and around the area, police said.

“We’re getting a lot of leads from the TIP 411, which is wonderful,” Thrash said. “We have a huge task force from the police department and sheriff’s office working this case.”

Investigators believe that Marrufo knew his assailant.

“I suspect that now the public knows who this victim is, we’re going to get more leads,” Thrash said. “So, we’re going to continue to rely on the public.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact police at 394-4134, or send an anonymous tip by texting "RCPD" and the information to 847411. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at

Contact Andrea Cook at 394-8423 or

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