DENVER (AP) — Federal housing officials are condemning a decision by the Denver Housing Authority to evict the relatives of a mother killed by a rampaging gunman three days after her slaying, saying there is room for compassion in federal law.
Housing and Urban Development spokesman Jerry Brown said Tuesday his agency hopes Denver will reconsider after the victim’s mother and autistic son were locked out. The personal property of 47-year-old Sandra Roskilly was also seized and turned over to a public administrator.
The Denver Housing Authority said it was forced to evict 70-year-old Doris Kessler under federal law because Roskilly was the head of the household.
Police say 31-year-old Daniel Abeyta killed Roskilly and shot a second woman in her leg on Friday. Abeyta is facing a first-degree murder charge.