Grieving family pleads for answers in man’s death

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DENVER -- A grieving family posted 100 fliers around the neighborhood where 63-year-old Richard Hammond was found dead.

"It was just senseless and I know somebody knows something," said Cindy Valdez, Hammond's sister-in-law.

Hammond worked as the transportation director for District 49 in Falcon. He left for work Tuesday between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. from his home near Bruce Randolph Avenue and York Street. He never made it to work.

Twelve hours later, police found Hammond dead in his 2012 Subaru Impreza sedan in an alley off East 37th Avenue between York and Gaylord streets, less than a half-mile north of his home.

The Denver Police Department said he was shot and the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner classified his death as a homicide.

"They robbed him and they shot him for nothing. For a wedding ring. For a wallet, for a cellphone. Nothing," Valdez said.

On Thursday night, his family distributed fliers, advertising a $2,000 reward through Metro Denver Crime Stoppers for anyone with information that leads to an arrest.

"We are trying to get a lot of coverage in this general area because we are kind of hoping that people will know what happened," said Rebecca Villanueva.

"Somebody will come forward. Somebody has to have a heart," Valdez said.

His family said Hammond was a retired Marine with a soft heart.

"He just touched so many people, everyone that knew him. He is just awesome. You would never know he was an ex-Marine. He was kind, he had a heart of gold," Valdez said.

"He was just a really good man and a lot of people are going to miss him a ton so we're just trying to figure out what happened and hopefully someone comes forward with information," Villanueva said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.