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Sandra Roskilly killed by neighbor who complained about her rose bushes (10)

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Update: We've just received the mug shot of suspect Daniel Abeyta. See it after our previous coverage.

Earlier this month, Sandra Roskilly celebrated an incredible milestone -- a 200-pound weight loss. A little more than a week later, Roskilly, 47, was dead -- allegedly shot by Daniel Abeyta, her neighbor, who is also said to have wounded another woman (presumably his wife) before being gunned down by police before he could set off a homemade explosive device. He's reportedly in critical condition.

Sandra Roskilly's Facebook page makes it clear that she loved her family -- she reportedly had an autistic son, and she was close to her brother, Dennis Campbell, and his kin -- as well as dogs. Here's an example of the latter:

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The pic above is from a couple of years ago, as is this one:

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But she recently underwent a personal transformation. This image was shared on August 4 along with the caption, "Sandra Roskilly celebrating 200 pound weight loss at Pat Benatar Concert:"

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Now, unfortunately, the celebration has been replaced by mourning, as indicated by the following tweet, sent out by the Denver Police Department on August 16:

Police arrived to a chaotic scene. A man subsequently identified as Daniel Abeyta is said to have shot two women, then ramped up the danger via explosives described in a DPD tweet like so:

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The scene of the crime.
When cops closed in, Abeyta apparently tried to set off this rig by shooting at it. Before he could succeed at creating a fireball, police pulled triggers, taking him down. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was in critical condition at last report.

Although the Denver coroner's office hasn't issued an official ID in regard to Roskilly, her family has stepped forward to say she was the person killed by Abeyta. The other woman (she's still alive) appears to be Abeyta's wife, who was hit by a bullet in the leg, 7News reports.

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Denver Police Chief Robert White speaking to the media after the shooting.
His wife had been the target of violent behavior in the past. As revealed by 9News, Abeyta's record showed a 2003 matter in which he'd threatened her with a knife.

What set off these deadly events? A neighbor who spoke with 7News noted that there had been tension between Roskilly and Abeyta over an incredibly mundane dispute: He's said to have been unhappy that her rose bushes intruded on his property. But her brother speculated to 9News that his sister had tried to intervene on behalf of Abeyta's wife, who she'd comforted after abusive situations in the past, and paid for her kindness with her life.

Those interested in helping out can contribute to the Sandra Roskilly Fund at Citywide Banks; call 303-365-3773 for more details. In the meantime, our condolences to her friends, family and loved ones.

Look below to see 7News coverage and (update) the booking photo of Daniel Abeyta.

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Daniel Abeyta.

More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Billy Otto charged with killing teens who tried blackmailing him with unseemly video (8, 9)."


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24 comments
Jerepa
Jerepa

That POS should've been the one to die! RIP Sharon.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

It would depend on the neck tattoo. One that says a name or an artistic design, sure, that's cool. One that says "KILLER" or a swastika, not so much. We are how we present ourselves.

John Ashley
John Ashley

a few years back the same thing happened in england over the height of a neighbor's hedgerow.

M Kathleen's Art
M Kathleen's Art

people need to open their minds...I have a lot of models on my page that have neck tattoos...that doesn't make them a thug...in fact I have a neck tattoo...that doesn't make me thug...that neighbor of Sandra's is a PUNK!

M Kathleen's Art
M Kathleen's Art

He looks like a PUNK...Bubba will have fun with him in prison...hope he stays there for a very long time....rather see him dead than to live off taxpayers money during his time in the cell block.

Annette Cannon
Annette Cannon

The guy was unstable long before he killed her. Something should have been done before it reached this point.

Kat Vigil
Kat Vigil

She was a very nice lady she would come into my job and talk to me about her son and her mother. She was my favorite customer I will miss her and out little talks that we would have. So sad to see this happen to such a good person...

distortedreams01
distortedreams01

I will always and forever remember sandy as one of the most inspiring people I ever had the pleasure of meeting, After our first meeting we became fast friends, then turned in to family. She was one of the most loving people I have ever met, and will be missed by all who loved her, knew her, or even just having met her. 

BlondyVanWeirden
BlondyVanWeirden

And now (as Michael Roberts missed due to his miserable lack of research skills) the elderly mother of this victim is being evicted from the home they shared...by THE HOUSING AUTHORITY!  And, not a 30 day notice to vacate -- but a demand to be out by 4:30 TODAY!  Can you believe it?...and her daughter isn't even buried yet.

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

colorado is full of pathetic pieces of shit! a man almost got beat to death for walking into someones picture, now a woman gets killed for a fucking rose bush...are you fucking kidding me? i have never lived where there was so much senseless violence, glad my ass is in the mountains.

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