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Aug 22, 2013

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DENVER – Federal housing officials are condemning a decision by the Denver Housing Authority to evict relatives of a woman killed by a rampaging gunman three days after her slaying, saying there is room for compassion in federal law.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development spokesman Jerry Brown said Tuesday that his agency and the Denver Housing Authority are working to try to provide housing assistance to the mother and autistic son of 47-year-old Sandra Roskilly after they were locked out of their subsidized housing.

Brown said federal lease agreements for subsidized housing with communities limit the ability of residents to turn over property to other people, but the rules aren’t carved in stone.

“Our rules and guidelines are just that, and we would hope people would use compassion. They have discretion, which is why the city has a board to administer it. There was no notification on our end of an eviction, and we didn’t have a say in it,” Brown told the Associated Press.

Police said 31-year-old Daniel Abeyta, shot his wife in the legs Friday morning before shooting and killing Roskilly, who lived next door. Abeyta, who was later shot by police, remained in police custody at a hospital Tuesday. He faces charges of first-degree murder, first-degree assault and unlawful possession of an explosive device.

Roskilly was the only person named on the lease for the home, but lived there with her mother, 70-year-old Doris Kessler, and autistic son, family members say.

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