Lucille Ruibal, a respected Denver, Colorado, resident, passed away tragically in what appears to be a murder-suicide. This heartbreaking incident has left the community in shock, prompting an investigation by the Northglenn Police Department.
On Saturday night, the Northglenn police received a distressing call, leading them to a residence located in the 11700 block of Delaware Court just before 9 p.m. When the Northglenn Police Department arrived, they discovered Lucille Ruibal and an unnamed male deceased, starting an investigation into what appeared to be a murder-suicide. According to early investigations, the two people were in a domestic relationship, and it is thought that one of them murdered the other before committing suicide. However, the official cause of their deaths and the way of death remain unknown as officials investigate the situation.
Lucille Ruibal was a dedicated and generous leader who was deeply rooted in the foundation of her community. A prominent figure at CHAC (the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council) for decades, Lucille served as the Vice Chair and played a pivotal role in securing a permanent home for CHAC in the Santa Fe Arts District. Her dedication to CHAC’s legacy was unwavering, motivated by a strong belief in the importance of passing along cultural heritage to future generations.
Beyond CHAC, Lucille was a trailblazer in healthcare, co-launching the Tepeyac Community Health Center in 1994. Her influence extended to Denver Health, where she served as a clinic administrator. Additionally, she contributed to the Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation as a board member, actively participated in humanitarian causes, and was a steadfast supporter of the LGBTQ+ community.
Lucille’s artistic prowess was evident in her role as a renowned photographer. She used art as a powerful tool for enlightenment and education. As the curator of the exhibition “Amor Es Amor” at the Northglenn Arts Center, Lucille celebrated the beauty of love in all its forms, showcasing the work of queer Latino and Chicano artists.
The news of Lucille Ruibal’s tragic demise has left the community in mourning. Her impact on various fronts, from healthcare to the arts, has created a void that will be challenging to fill. Lisa Ruibal Aguilera, presumably a family member, shared the devastating news on Facebook, indicating the profound impact Lucille had on her loved ones.
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The family has yet to release Lucille Ruibal’s obituary and funeral arrangements, emphasizing the need for time to heal. When they are ready, the family plans to update the public and friends on the details of the funeral plans, allowing the community to come together in support and remembrance.