Ryan Miller accused of killing teacher Andrea Roan, Richard Leavitt charged as accessory (33)

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While a three-year-old's shooting of a five-year-old may have been the holiday season's most shocking violent death, it was hardly the only one. Another tragic incident involved elementary school teacher Andrea Roan, who was allegedly slain by Ryan Miller, her estranged boyfriend, with Richard Leavitt accused of providing an assist.

On December 16, Leavitt reportedly drove Miller to Roan's home, an apartment near 12th and Clayton.

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Andrea Roan.
Talk about a terrible idea. Earlier in December, Miller had been busted in a domestic violence episode involving Roan, with whom he'd been involved in what's described as a short-term relationship.

A judge had ordered the arrestee to stay away from his former paramour -- but instead, Miller's accused of firing at her as she tried to drive away. The gunshot caused her to crash her vehicle into a garage.

Leavitt and Miller are believed to have left the scene together, with Leavitt allegedly helping his pal hide the murder weapon.

What kind of person was Roan? An obituary originally published in the Idaho State Journal encapsulates a life lost much too soon. It reads:

Andrea Roan, born on April 25, 1984 in Pocatello, Idaho died unexpectedly on December 16, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Andrea graduated from Century High School in 2002 and went onto college at University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho State University in Pocatello and Boise State eventually settling in Denver in 2007, graduating with honors and a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from University of Colorado Denver.

Upon graduation she was hired by Alsup Elementary school in Commerce City, Colorado as a fifth grade teacher. She was loved and adored by her students and colleagues.

Andrea enjoyed reading and philosophical conversations, especially about Darwin. Camping, hiking, and anything to do with the outdoors were also favorite pastimes. She truly was a mountain spirit. She adored her three little nieces more than anything, Neila, and as she referred to them the twinners Hayden and Peyton. If she was having a bad day, all it took was one phone call to her nieces and her world would be right again.

Andrea was truly an amazing young woman. She started working for Red Lobster in Pocatello at the age of 16, continued with them while living in Boise, Washington and finally in Denver. She loved living in Denver; she finally found a place where she could thrive in all aspects of life.

She is survived by her mother, Lyrl Jensen (Doug Bundy) step father, Don Jensen (Jenny Payne) sister, Sara Roan and her beautiful little nieces, Neila, Hayden and Peyton with extended family and friends in Idaho and Colorado. She is preceded in death by her Nana and Papa, (Parley and Jean Jensen) and her Aunt Maggie.

Andrea touched many and in the wake of her death the lives of 6 people were saved through organ donation. She was truly a giving person in life and in death.

There are no services planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Andrea's name to Donor Alliance in Denver, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence or any organization of your choice that will help the fight against domestic violence.

A beautiful light has been taken away; she is now on a new journey and will shine on forever.

Roan's death seems to have struck her family like a thunderbolt, and understandably so. According to CBS4, her mother burst into tears when Miller made a December 28 court appearance -- and when he departed, she blistered him with profanities.

Look below to see full-size versions of the Miller and Leavitt booking photos.

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Ryan Miller.
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Richard Leavitt.
More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Dwayne Morris, eighteen, identified as victim of fatal shooting on Robins Drive (32)."

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lyrl
lyrl

I am Andrea's mom.  I don't regularly check the web for articles about Andrea,because I know the whole story. But today I felt I compelled to look.  When I google her name it sickens me to see pictures of Ryan Miller and Richard Leavitt associated with her.    Why do I torture myself with looking at these pictures???  I have no idea.  My heart aches each and everyday without her, without hearing her voice, her funny stories about her 5th graders, her visits home....everything about her.  When I read the comments to this article I can't say I was shocked to read comments from people who knew him and knew that he was not right in the head... to say the least.  His mother and father did him no favors by bailing him out of his troubles.  As far as I'm concerned they should be sentenced right along with him, maybe they are knowing that their son is a murderer, but it's not the sentence I want for them.  They should be accountable for what they created, enabled and they did nothing!!!! My life  will never be the same without Andrea, my life has changed, I've changed.  My sadness is relentless, it just doesn't go away.  My wish for Miller and Leavitt is for them to live out their lives in prison.  Death at this point  is the easy way out.  May their souls rot and may they have VERY affectionate cell mates!!!  I could go on and on, but I won't.  I just wanted to write something.  And thank you to all who posted comments here.  Andrea was a wonderful young woman and my life will never be the same without her... All I have now are memories. 

AndreaLives
AndreaLives

Andrea was the sweetest, ,most intelligent woman I have known. Every woman should know who they are getting involved with....perhaps Andrea wouldve known what she was up against had she access to a public database that wouldve shown Ryan Faggot trying to kill his TX girlfriend.....My wife's best friend is Andrea Roan. Always will be. Andrea believed the same universal conditions that I do....N I know her memory will persist and radiate the brilliance she displayed in Life and Death.

AndreaLives
AndreaLives

Andrea was the sweetest, ,most intelligent woman I have known. Every woman should know who they are getting involved with....perhaps Andrea wouldve known what she was up against had she access to a public database that wouldve shown Ryan Faggot trying to kill his TX girlfriend.....My wife's best friend is Andrea Roan. Always will be. Andrea believed the same universal conditions that I do....N I know her memory will persist and radiate the brilliance she displayed in Life and Death.

munkiemaggie
munkiemaggie

OMG!!! I went to middle school and high school with Ryan!!! He was always strange he always had something about him that just was that feeling stay away. When he moved to Houston and came to middle school, he was always bragging, all his life he just bragged and bragged about how much money his parents had. No one cared. Even the kids who were known to have rich parents didn't care. Ryan was always mean and I can't explain it he was that kid that your instinct just told you stay away from him. Even when we were little! And when we were in high school, his girlfriend at the time he use to beat her! I just got a text saying Ryan shot his girlfriend and I thank God lost touch with this insane person so I had to look it up. OMG. I am so so sorry to this poor womans family. I will keep you in my prayers. As I read this, literally flashbacks of things Ryan would do since the day I met him when we were 12/13, just flooded my mind and as I write this they continue to and it makes me think how we over here in Houston saw this coming. I can't believe this, but then again knowing how he was back when I knew him, yea I can. This dude was bad news and always has been. May God help the family to stay strong and keep faith. I am so sorry. I hope Ryan burns in hell.

Lyndseymelanie
Lyndseymelanie

I think that Ryan miller is a piece of shit along with his friend Rich. I met Ryan a while back and always knew that there was something evil lurking in his soul. Unfortunately he was not stopped in time. There were so many chances, though. Guess his parents bailed him out every time. I didn't know Andrea I just knew of her. I heard so many wonderful things about her. For this to have happened to her makes me sick. Ryan and Rich should die a slow and painful death or they should rot in prison for taking away an innocent life. I hope they burn in hell!

Mark
Mark

Andrea was my wonderful niece.  She was a truly beautiful young woman with a remarkable seeking mind and I enjoyed many long philosophical discussions with her.  This psycopathic monster deceived her in an entaglement of lies and painted himself as a victim in all of his life's difficulties.  She wondered if she was doing the right thing in having him arrrested for assault and getting a restraining order against him. All her family told her this was the right and recommended course to take.  Little did we know that anyone would do such a horrible thing to such a sweet person. I hope he suffers monsterously for the rest of his life for the awful crime he committed and the havoc he has wrought on the family and friends of Andrea.

Maciemccombs
Maciemccombs

Poor Andrea. I did not know her well, but knew her well enough to know she was a beautiful person. Rip. To those who took her life shall suffer the consequences

Sparky
Sparky

I don't believe in the Death Penalty.

But these guys make a good argument for its existence.

Guesto
Guesto

Hope you guys get assfucked to death and die suffocating in your own shit piss and vomit!! Happy New Year!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@lyrl Our condolences to you, lyrl. This is a very honest post that a lot of people who've suffered losses will be able to identify with. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Burn In Hell
Burn In Hell

Words can not express how badly I feel for this poor family.  I was on the very outskirts of this situation, and it still has had a profound effect on me.  My intereactions with Ryan were only through other people, and my knowledge of this situation is mostly through friends that were directly involved with this.  Ryan Miller is pure evil.  He was highly capable of charming even the most intelligent of women into thinking he was a victim.  I am so thankful that he was caught before he could harm other people.  Rest assured that he was not planning on stopping with just her.  Rest in peace Andrea!  We never met but you are in my thoughts and your family is in my prayers.

munkiemaggie
munkiemaggie

@Mark Ryan has always been like this for as long as I have known him and I have known him for a long time.  I lost touch with him after high school but he obviously hasn't changed at all.  Red flags and memories are flooding back to me as I read everything on this page its crazy.  Your niece just saved so many other women that he would have ended up hurting.  She wasn't his first. I can tell you that.  I will keep you and your family in my prayers.  I am so sorry for your loss. 

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