Housing officials say federal rules forced eviction of murder victim’s family

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DENVER -- Just days after a woman was murdered, the Denver Housing Authority evicted the victim's mother and son from their home.

Sandy Roskilly, 47, lived in the house in Irving Street with her 70-year-old mother and 18-year-old autistic son for more than 15 years.

The Denver Housing Authority kicked them out Monday less than 72 hours after Sandy was murdered. On top of that, they had just a few hours to get their belongings out of the house before the Housing Authority put a lock on the door to make sure they can't get back in.

The Housing Authority said Tuesday that the eviction was forced as a result of federal rules. Regardless, the family has difficulty understanding why the rules couldn't be put on hold considering the circumstances.

"She was crazy good that's all I can say," says Sandy Roskilly's sister-in-law Letta Campbell.

Roskilly was an innocent bystander on her porch Friday morning when police say her neighbor, 31-year-old Daniel Abyeta, went on a shooting rampage. Roskilly was killed; Abeyta's wife was injured and Abeyta tried to blow up a propane tank in the street before he was shot and wounded by police.

"We haven't processed that Sandy's gone yet," Campbell says. "She has to drive down to tell her grandson that his mother was murdered and she's getting destroyed again by our own government and it's not fair."

Campbell says Roskilly's mother and her son Gregory are on the lease, but since Roskilly is the one who signed it, the Housing Authority says the other two have to leave.

"This part of it is just beyond belief. It should not be happening to her or to Gregory."

Candice Funari says her heart breaks for her cousin, Gregory. He's 18 but she says he will not be able to process losing his mother and his home all at once.

"The right thing to do would be to give them their house back," Funari says. "To say it has added pain and suffering is an understatement."

The Denver Housing Authority did not return calls from FOX31 Denver Monday.

The family says they were told these are just the rules.

Because of the murder investigation, the family does not know when they will be able to bury Sandy, but they say the Housing Authority rules could have at least waited for the funeral.