Fort Carson soldier one of shooting victims

By RYAN MAYE HANDY | The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette | Published: January 16, 2013

A husband and wife found shot to death Monday in their home have been identified by the El Paso County Coroner's Office.

They were David Dunlap, 37, and Whitney Butler, 35, according to the coroner's office. Their deaths were declared homicides.

Dunlap was a Fort Carson soldier, police said. Fort Carson is unable to confirm Dunlap's military record until 24 hours after his next-of-kin have been notified.

A friend said that Butler was expecting the couple's first child. Dunlap was a combat veteran, the friend also said. The couple's Bassett Drive neighbors said they were nice people, who moved into the neighborhood last fall.

A Colorado Springs police investigation revealed that Dunlap and Butler returned to their home, at 222 Bassett Drive, around noon on Jan.14 to find that a burglary was in progress. The suspected burglar allegedly shot and killed both of them, before fleeing, police said.

The alleged suspect has not yet been identified by police.

According to Dunlap's Facebook page, he joined the Army in May 2003, "to do something fun and exciting," he wrote on his profile page.

His profile also shows that he graduated in January 2012 with a degree in Sports and Recreation Management from Ashford University, an online university based in Iowa. He was from Moorpark, California, according to Facebook.

News of Butler and Dunlap's death spread across Facebook, where friends reacted, and shared their shock and grief.

One of Dunlap's friends, Colin Schwalm, posted several thoughts about his friend on Tuesday.

"I am truly crushed and mad," he wrote as his status on the social-networking page. "David Dunlap is one hell of a man, and a great soldier to boot, was always willing to teach and help. I will miss playing softball with him.

RIP, you will never be forgotten."


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