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Friends remember Rye Fire victim

By Olivia Wilmsen, Multimedia Journalist, olivia.wilmsen@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:29:18 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 02 2013 11:46:36 PM CST

51-year-old Kim Tuttle was one of the three victims in the Rye house fire who was shot to death, according to investigators. Two of her friends say she was sweeter than the cakes she baked.

PUEBLO, Colo. -

51-year-old Kim Tuttle was one of the three victims in the Rye house fire who was shot to death, according to investigators. Two of her friends say she was sweeter than the cakes she baked.

Tuttle's husband Reginald and their daughter Dawn Roderick were also killed. The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office is still looking for 59-year-old Harry Mapps who they say killed the three before setting fire to their home last Wednesday (11/27/13).

Sheriff Kirk Taylor says his department has received hundreds of calls. Many claim o have seen Mapps in the area, but all evidence suggests Mapps has left the state.

Two of Kim Tuttle's friends spoke about how kind she was.

"She was always helpful, always smiling," said Dylan Stalcar who was a culinary student with Tuttle at Pueblo Community College. The two also both worked at Parkview Medical Center.

"Kim was such a wonderful-hearted person and a good soul," said long-time friend Jacqui Shray.

As a member of the Culinary Arts Club at Pueblo Community College, memories of Kim are hard to forget. Many friends have posted on the group's Facebook page talking about the tragic news of Kim's death.

"I just remember her being there and jumping in whenever and helping everyone and always helping me because I was a freshman and she was about to graduate," said Stalcar.

"Kim was the first friend I ever made when I moved here from Texas in 2002... We made friends immediately," said Shray.

They were shocked to hear Kim and her husband and daughter had been killed.

"It's so awful you can't even begin to think of it," said Shray.

"I didn't even know what to say. Just hearing how it happened and everything how she was such a sweet person for that to happen to her," said Stalcar.

However, these friends want to remember the good times.

"When I got cancer, she was there for me. She was my best friend, you know. She was my matron of honor at my wedding," said Shray.

"She'd always be smiling and just always cheering me up when I saw her," said Stalcar.

Her friends say Kim left this world too soon, but she left behind the sweetest memories.

"I mean she was really loved by everyone," said Stalcar.

Both friends hope investigators find the person responsible for the three deaths immediately.

Despite multiple reported sightings, there's still no confirmation of where Harry Mapps is.

Bail Bondsman Bobby Brown says keeping Mapps' photo in the public eye is key and says his past may determine what he might do in the future. Brown also says nobody can make it on the run without help.

So people who know or have encountered Mapps can help track him down.

“There are people out there right now that can help everybody determine exactly where he is. He can't hide period. He cannot hide,” said Bobby Brown.

If you see Mapps or know anything about where he might be ,call 911 or your local law enforcment.

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