Candlelight vigil held for Arvada mom found dead

Posted at 9:49 PM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-07 00:33:13-04

ARVADA, Colo. -- At a candlelight vigil Friday night, family and friends of Jennifer Myers stood together in the snow outside her home, asking for answers.

“My heart is broken, but I’m still standing,” said James Soto, Jennifer’s fiancé, remembering her as a loving mother, working hard to build their life together.

Many in the group were in shock following the District Attorney’s decision not to file charges against a man arrested in her death, stating prosecutors need more evidence to move forward.

One week ago, Myers called her fiancé from Thunderbird Bar in Wheat Ridge.

"The last word she said to me was that she loved me and that she was on her way home," said Soto.

Myers never made it back from the bar. 

Instead, an arrest affidavit obtained by Denver7 states Randy Allen William, 64, offered to give the 31-year-old woman a ride from the bar, and they ended up at his house.

"She had to have been drugged and raped,” said Khit McVay, Myers’ aunt, who said the behavior was completely out of character for her niece.

Police initially arrested William on murder charges when they found her dead in his home, apparently shot in the face.

The arrest affidavit states that a neighbor’s surveillance camera caught him carrying two rifle cases out of his house. He told police he didn't have any guns and that he went to get cigarettes and came back to find her injured, according to the affidavit.

Now, family members said police are investigating whether Myers may have shot herself in the face, saying she had made a suicide attempt many years ago.

"I'm like, 'Are you freaking kidding me?' She would have never done that in a million freaking years," said McVay. “She has two children. She has a fiancé. She was happy and excited about her life.”

For now, the family says they will focus on Jenn, and continue to be a voice for her until they get justice.

"We had a lot of plans. And all of those plans I believe Jennifer would have never done anything to jeopardize that," said Soto.