Federal housing officials condemn decision by Denver Housing Authority

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Closeup of a toy house model and a brown gavel

Closeup of a toy house model and a brown gavel

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.The Denver Housing Authority says it had no choice but to evict the relatives of a woman killed by a rampaging gunman three days after her slaying because the victim was the only person listed on the lease.

Authorities said 47-year-old Sandra Roskilly was standing on her front porch on Friday when a man armed with a rifle killed her. Police Chief Robert White said a police sniper shot and wounded the gunman as he shot a propane canister in an attempt to detonate it.

The Denver Housing Authority was apologetic about Monday's eviction of the victim's autistic son and mother and issued a statement saying they had no choice under federal policies and regulations.


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