The Pueblo West View

Triple murder victims’ family still in disbelief

Mark Roderick and Toby Barnes still are in disbelief that Harry Mapps could’ve done what he is alleged to have done.

Mark Roderick is the husband of Dawn Roderick. Barnes is the son of Reginald and Kim Tuttle and older brother of Dawn.

All three were shot multiple times at their home in Rye before the house was set on fire on the morning of Nov. 27.

Last week the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office announced it has obtained a new warrant for the arrest of Mapps on three charges of first-degree murder and one charge of arson related to the deaths of Dawn Roderick and the Tuttles. An original warrant for the arrest of Mapps was for identity theft and forgery. Mapps is one of the most wanted fugitives in the country, Kirk Taylor, Pueblo County sheriff, said last week.

“I thought I knew him,” Barnes said. “He was a family friend. My dad put him to work several times, he hunted with us, we did a lot together. I personally knew him for over 20 years. I don’t know why he would do such a thing. I’m heartbroken and in disbelief.”

Barnes was in Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and two children, when he heard the news on Nov. 27. He rushed home that night and he, his wife and children are now living with Mark Roderick and his three children at a home in Pueblo West.

“He was a friend. He was supposed to be a friend,” Mark Roderick said. “You just don’t understand why he could do something like this to people he personally told me he loved.”

The Tuttles were letting Mapps live in their Rye home and Mapps worked for Reginald. In the days before the triple homicide and house fire, Reginald Tuttle had asked Mapps to move out at least in part because Mapps drank a bottle of Crown Royal that Reginald had purchased for himself, according to Mark Roderick. Reginald Tuttle had made it clear to Mapps that if he was going to live at his house, he couldn’t drink any alcohol as he’s had drinking problems in the past.

A nationwide search is underway for Mapps.

Mark Roderick said Mapps’ capture is important for the family to heal and pleaded for him to turn himself in to the authorities.

“He needs to turn himself in,” he said. “When he’s captured and convicted, I want to be able to sit down when they get ready to sentence him and hold up the family portrait we have and ask why he did that to my kids ... why he took their mother. Dawn’s not going to be able to see her daughter walk down the aisle. Those two boys are never going to be able to know really how to interact with people without being guarded because of what he did.

“What he did was selfish and cowardly. Instead of him walking away because he screwed up, he took the life of my kids and that’s the hardest thing for me right now.”

Barnes said Mapps’ capture would bring a sense of closure to him.

“Knowing he’s no longer on the run and that he can’t do this anymore to other families would bring closure,” he said. “He’s put a big hurt on this family. We all want him caught and want him brought to justice for what he’s done.”

Barnes said he can’t see himself ever forgiving Mapps.

“I’ll personally never forgive him. Other family members might but I can’t find it deep down inside of my heart to forgive him,” he said. “Why did he do such an awful thing? Why couldn’t he just man up and leave and find another place to stay and work?”

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