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DENVER -- A homeless man has been charged in the stabbing death of a 28-year-old woman in her Five Points apartment.

It happened sometime between July 30 and July 31 during an alleged home burglary.

It's at least the second homicide in the past two weeks that police believe were committed by transients in the metro area.

Cristina Weir was found dead inside her apartment by co-workers who were worried when she didn’t show up to work on July 31.

On Thursday, a 24-year-old homeless man was charged in her death.

Estefan Hamlin has a long rap sheet. He's behind bars, charged with breaking into Weir’s apartment, stabbing her to death and stealing her car.

Friends of the 28-year-old woman said she was the last person who deserved to become the victim of a random act of violence.

“It's horrible, it's just this terrible sinking feeling that you have,” said Ben Wright, CEO of Velocity Global, where Weir worked.

“Incredibly intelligent, incredibly driven and so when she didn’t show up, it was an immediate red flag."

Seemingly random attacks, allegedly committed by transients, have been making headlines more often.

In Fort Collins, 23-year-old Heather Hoffmann was found raped and killed in early July. Her accused killer, Jeffrey Etheridge, is a multistate sex offender who lived on the streets.

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said more transients are committing violent crimes.

“They are committing crime at absolutely disproportionate levels,” he said.

The same day police said Weir was killed, another homeless man, 53-year-old Raoul Lanius, was charged with stabbing local chef Marlon Casanova 14 times, killing him near 14th and Wynkoop streets as he walked home from a late-night shift.

Casanova’s co-workers were also left devestated by the news.

Two weeks ago in Boulder, a homeless man was beaten to death, police said, allegedly by James Dobson who is also homeless.

In May, a man’s body was found behind a dumpster in Thornton.  A transient was charged in that killing.

And in June, a homeless man was charged with the attack on two teens and for the death of the homeless man who tried to come to their rescue.

Weir’s friends said the homeless population is large, both where they work and where she lived. They question what can be done to help the problem.

“I think there’s more than can be done. What that is, I don’t know,” Wright said.

Weir’s friends and family have set up a GoFundMe page with some of the money going to help cover funeral costs and the rest going to help troubled youth, something friends say was close to her heart.​