Damion had multiple DUI arrests, was in serious debt, and had tried but failed to reconcile a divorce with his ex-wife and mother of his son.
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Morine shot his 7-year-old son, Toby, in the chest as they sat in a vehicle in the alley-side garage of their home at 139 S. Bryant St. at about 4:30 p.m., police say.
Damion Morine's death today was ruled a suicide ,and his son's death was a homicide, according to the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner.
He settled a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in May 2010, citing more than $45,000 in debt — including payday loans, unpaid credit cards and personal loans from individuals — against about $6,500 in assets.
He listed his occupation as a "production laborer" at the Freeport McMoran Henderson Mine in Empire, earning about $800 a week, before taxes, he reported to creditors. His monthly expense report included $70 for child daycare.
In 2010, Morine received a warrant from the Colorado Department of Revenue for about $1,900 in unpaid taxes. Morine had other liens and judgments from creditors dating back to 1999, records show.
He had three drunken driving arrests in Colorado in the 1990s and another in 2002. In 1999 Morine was arrested on a domestic violence charge in Adams County, but the charge was later dropped, according to court records.
He was granted a divorce in Denver District Court in April 2010.
Neighbor and family friend Debbie Vigel told 9News Morine wanted to reunite with his ex-wife.
"We were all very friendly to each other," she said. "I saw him Saturday outside and he said, 'Hi.' "
Vigel says the boy was a bright spot on the block.
"He was a good kid. He had been over to the house a couple of times with his mom," she told the TV station.Toby is survived by his mother and two older sisters.
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