Family remembers Colorado Springs auto shop owner killed in robbery

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — One man was killed and another was injured in a robbery Thursday morning at Full Throttle Auto Services.

The man who died has been identified as shop owner George Maldonado.

His family said he had been in the auto industry for more than 15 years. He got into the car business because of the family’s love for racing.

We sat down with two of George’s sisters, who had loving words to say about their brother.

“He held us together, bossed us around, he was the strong one out of all of us,” George’s sister Michelle Herrera Maldonado said. “But he is well loved by all of us.”

As one sibling of five, his sisters said he was the leader of the family.

“Every time we needed something, he was our big brother, [saying] ‘Who needs it? How much?,’ and we always got it,” sister Theresa Martin said. “It was never a no, to any of us.”

The Maldonado family and friends are having a candlelight vigil at his auto shop Friday night at 8:30 p.m.

His fellow racers will have a race in his memory this Saturday at the I-25 Raceway. His family said this will be their last race, because they cannot do it without George anymore.

His sisters said they love and miss him, and hope police find the person who killed him.

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