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10:46 PM, Nov 23, 2009   |    comments
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"It's scary to know that there was somebody that was murdered right close to our home," Sauer said.

Sauer is one of dozens of Willow Creek residents who packed the small gym at Willow Creek Elementary to hear from Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson on what is going on with the unsolved murder, if his community is safe and how can citizens protect themselves.

"I know it's a safe community however it does make you a little unnerved now," Sauer said. "I never thought of my safety until after this happened."

Graham, 23, was found dead on Nov. 6. His body was face-down in the front yard of a home on East Phillips Place, just north of County Line Road and Yosemite Street in the Willow Creek subdivision. He suffered a single gunshot wound.

The University of Colorado graduate lived in the subdivision. The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office believes someone killed him while he was walking home from the light rail station.

Robinson reassured the neighborhood Graham's murder was a random, isolated incident.

"We've been working long hours since the morning of November 6th and we'll continue to work long hours," Robinson said. "I think people shouldn't be concerned for their safety, but they should be aware of their surroundings and they should take precautionary measures to always stay safe. But we say that even when we're not investigating the death of Andrew Graham."

Deputies didn't have much new information to share about the investigation, other than to say the gun shot experiment they did in the area where Graham was found led them to believe the 23-year-old was shot along Yosemite, between County Line and Mineral.

Graham's mom Cyndi spoke Monday night. She told her neighbors a little about who her son was and then she somehow found the strength in herself to reassure others in their grief and concern for personal, as well as family safety.

"I want everyone to understand, I know you're suffering to," Cydni Graham said. "And it's of course a very difficult time for everyone. Your experiences are no less important. Help yourselves. Eat, sleep, stay warm get, lots of information but in small doses. Expect to recover. We will all be changed by this."

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's office is offering a "significant" reward for information leading to the arrest of a person or people responsible for Graham's death.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). There will be a cash reward of up to $2,000 and you can remain anonymous.

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