DENVER - A mother devastated by the shooting death of her daughter on Friday is now locked out of the home they shared.
Doris Kessler, 70, had less than 6 hours notice to vacate that house on the 2200 block of South Irving, the scene of a standoff with Denver police on Friday.
The Denver Housing Authority says they're only following the law.
Monday afternoon, they came to the house, changed the locks, and left everything inside.
For a family already grieving, this is yet another painful blow.
To those who knew and loved Sandy Roskilly, it's no surprise she stepped outside her home on Friday morning to make sure her next door neighbor was OK after hearing gunshots and a scream.
"Sandy was there if you were her friend," friend Paul Cavalloro said.
Before Denver police took down Daniel Abeyta, they say he wounded a woman, tried blowing up propane tanks, and shot and killed Sandy.
Abeyta is in critical condition and facing a first degree murder charge.
Sandy's brother Dennis Campbell says his sister barely scraped by, living in public housing on a fixed income.
"She was disabled," Campbell said. "So I mean the house was everything."
She lived in the house for almost 20 years, the last decade with her mother Doris Kessler.
Doris called the Denver Housing Authority letting them know her daughter was dead.
A housing authority employee called back on Monday morning and told Doris she had just 6 hours to vacate the home she shared with her daughter.
She was only allowed to take clothing and papers, and had to leave all of Sandy's property inside.
"Everything she's going to have left of my sister are in that home," Campbell said.
A spokesperson for the housing authority says Doris is listed on the lease only as a caregiver for Sandy, not a resident.
Because Sandy has no will, the state is securing her property until a judge decides what happens to the contents of the home.
Sorting out what happens to the belongings will take at least 10 days.
Dean Stewart lived with Sandy and says they were a couple.
He took some roses from the front yard on Monday afternoon, but says most of his belongings are also locked inside.
"Every second I miss her," Cavalloro said.
He grieves for Sandy her mother Doris, who lost her daughter and, just a few days later, lost her home.
Doris is now sleeping on a couch at the home of one of her children.
Sandy's 18-year-old son has what relatives describe as a severe case of Autism.
He is currently housed in a facility in Pueblo but friends say he would visit his mother often.
Sandy's house was one of the few places in which her son felt comfortable, relatives say.
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