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Two Teenage Boys Charged with Murdering Beloved Denver Chef

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Following an “exhaustive” investigation, two 16-year-old boys have been charged with first-degree murder and attempt to commit aggravated robbery in the death of Denver chef Nicholas “Nick” Andrew Lewis, police said Monday.

According to the Englewood Police Department, Lewis was found suffering from several gunshot wounds on the 3000 block of South Acoma Street in Englewood, just south of Denver, around 8:39 p.m. on Oct. 1.

He died later after being transported to a local hospital.

The two unidentified suspects were arrested Friday, according to police. They were already in custody on unrelated charges when the murder and robbery charges were filed.

Englewood police investigator Kevin Sage declined to comment further on the case, and Sgt. Brian Cousineau could not tell the Denver Post whether the male suspects would be charged as juveniles or adults. It was not immediately clear, according to officials, if either suspect has entered a plea or retained an attorney.

“We do have a theory [about the shooting], but I can’t release that,” Sgt. Cousineau told the Post.

A news conference will be held about the case on Wednesday morning, Sage told PEOPLE. The district attorney’s office declined to comment until then.

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According to his obituary, Lewis, 33, was the father to an 8-year-old boy, Liam, and worked in many of Denver’s “finest restaurants.”

Before his death, Lewis had been promoted from executive chef at the Blackbird Public House in Denver to the culinary director of the restaurant’s three affiliate eateries. (His family could not immediately be reached.)

“Many of you now know that we lost our chef and good friend, Nick Lewis,” Blackbird Public House restaurant wrote on Facebook on Oct. 3. “Those that knew Nick are having a hard time understanding how such a kind and gentle person could be taken from us in such a violent manner.

“The loss of Chef Nick leaves a hole in all of our hearts. Rest in peace … We miss you.”

Blackbird is hosting a celebration of life for Lewis on Nov. 7.