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FBI joins Windsor homicide investigation

James Redmond and Joe Moylan
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

John Jacoby

The town of Windsor announced Tuesday the FBI has joined the investigation into its first homicide in eight years.

As Windsor police and federal investigators busied themselves by chasing down leads submitted by the public, town residents struggled to deal with the loss of John Jacoby, 48, who was described by resident Tom Johnston as "a favorite son of Windsor." Johnston, 60, who has lived in Windsor for 44 years, said Jacoby and his family were well thought of in the community.

He said he had every confidence the police would find the suspect and bring the tragic incident to an end.

"People have a lot of confidence in the (Windsor) police," Johnston said. "We have the best chief. You don't come into (Chief John) Michael's town and mess around."

Phil Johnston, a local barista and Tom's son, said people were talking about the shooting all day Tuesday while he was at work. Many said they were shocked a homicide happened in Windsor. Others expressed sadness over losing someone like Jacoby, a beloved member of the community.

"I just saw him in here two days ago," Phil Johnston said. "I waved to him the other day."

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But where some people expressed sadness about the news, Pat Ormsby, 68, a 40-year resident of Windsor, said his shock was quickly replaced by anger.

"I'd see him one to two times a week on his bike," Ormsby said, noting Jacoby could often be found riding around town collecting recyclables. "He was a good guy."

About 10 a.m. Monday, Jacoby, 48, was found dead after he was shot twice south of the intersection of Weld County roads 15 and 72. Authorities suspect the part-time Windsor parks caretaker was cycling north on Weld County Road 15 near the north side of town when he was shot.

A passing motorist spotted Jacoby's body and reported it to authorities. Windsor officers arrived on scene about five minutes after the call. They found Jacoby dead at the scene.

Neither Windsor police nor the FBI disclosed details about why the FBI is involved in the probe into Jacoby's death.

FBI spokeswoman Amy Sanders said she could not comment on the details of the agency's involvement because of the ongoing investigation.

The killing also comes weeks after a Milliken woman was wounded by gunfire while driving near Windsor. Windsor Police Lt. Rich Higuera said Monday there does not appear to be a link between Cori Romero's shooting and Jacoby's death. But Larimer County sheriff Justin Smith said Tuesday authorities do not yet know if the cases are connected. An investigation is ongoing.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Windsor Town Board issued a statement offering its condolences and sympathies to Jacoby's family. Jacoby had been park caretaker since 2012 and was remembered for being well-liked by everyone he encountered. He also was touted for the exceptional service he provided to the community, according to the Windsor Town Board release.

Jacoby took care of Main Park, the Community Recreation Center and the Police Services Building. He also assisted with upkeep and beautification projects at other community parks and open space areas, the release stated.

"He took a lot of pride in his work, not just the parks he was responsible for, but all town facilities," said Windsor Parks & Open Space Manager Wade Willis in the release. "He would always come in early to the parks shop and chat, especially about sports. He seemed to have a special bond with everyone he encountered."

Jacoby was a fixture in the Windsor community and there were few people who didn't know him one way or another, the release stated.

"We are extremely saddened by his tragic loss, which will be felt by the entire community," said Windsor Mayor John Vazquez in the release. "All who knew John loved him; his family has been a part of the community for many years. He will be deeply missed."

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at Faith United Church of Christ, 1020 Walnut St. in Windsor. Interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery, 32815 Colo. 257 in Windsor. A reception follows at Windsor High School, 1100 Main St.

Additional funeral service information can be found online at Marks Funeral & Cremation Service, http://www.marksfuneralservice.com.

No other details about the case were released, as the investigation is ongoing.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

How to help

In the wake of the fatal shooting of Windsor resident John Jacoby, town officials are asking residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police at (970) 674-6400.

The public also is encouraged to submit tips to Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477). Tips also may be sent by text citing “NOCO” plus the message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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