DENVER - The Denver Housing Authority has found a way to keep a family from being evicted from subsidized housing after a woman was killed by a rampaging gunman, the Associated Press reported.
The housing authority said it was forced to lock out Sandra Roskilly's mother and son under federal law because Roskilly was the head of the household in subsidized housing and her mother, 70-year-old Doris Kessler wasn't on the lease because she lived there as a live-in aide.
The housing authority said Tuesday a representative for Roskilly's estate has been appointed and the relatives will be allowed to return home.
Police said 31-year-old Daniel Abeyta, shot his wife in the legs before shooting and killing Roskilly, who lived next door. Days later, Roskilly's brother, Dennis Campbell, said his mother was locked out of the home by the housing authority.
"She's been living here 10 years and now they're telling her she's just a visitor and she has no rights whatsoever," Campbell said.
"I gotta be honest with you," Campbell said. "I just felt like, there was no question in my mind that my mother would at least be able to finish out the lease."
The housing authority said Roskilly died without a will, requiring the unit to be locked until a public administrator could determine who should inherit Roskilly's belongings.
Kessler has been sleeping on a couch at the home of one of her children. Roskilly's 18-year-old son with autism is under state care at a facility in Pueblo, but friends said he often visited his mother. The housing authority said he hasn't lived in the home for a year.