Family baffled after great-grandfather is killed near Cheesman Park

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DENVER -- Police are asking for the public's help solving a homicide mystery after a great-grandfather was brutally stabbed and killed just blocks from Cheesman Park.

Police said they responded about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to the area of East 13th Avenue and North Marion Street on a report of a man bleeding.

Officers found 77-year-old Lewis Easterday suffering from multiple sharp-force injuries. He was taken to Denver Health Medical Center, where he later died.

Police do not have any suspect information or what might have led to Easterday's death.

His family is baffled by his death. Dariann Hansen said she has no idea why someone would kill her grandfather.

"They didn't just take the life of my grandpa, they took a piece of all of us. So many people, at his church. He was so loved at his church," Hansen said.

Hansen and her husband have turned to Craigslist for answers, begging someone to come forward.

"Someone had to see something with the broken glass everywhere," said Joshua Graton, Hansen's husband. "My body feels in shock. I haven't slept in days."

Hansen has spent the past several days listening to old voicemails and watching home videos of her grandfather. It's the only thread she still has to the man she loved so much.

"We often used to talk three times a day. That's the main thing I miss, not getting any more messages, but I have phone messages I can listen to and I'm going to miss everything about him," Hansen said.

Police are offering a $2,000 reward to anyone who helps them arrest a suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.