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Thursday, May 21, 2015

A major bike event in Colorado has been cancelled amidst fears that a sniper is on the loose.

The Pelican Fest Sprint Triathlon was cancelled after cyclist John Jacoby, 48, was found shot to death on the side of the road Monday morning. According to Daily Mail, he had been shot twice on the rural road in Windsor, which is located southeast of Fort Collins.

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This comes just a month after 20 year-old motorist Cori Romero was shot in the neck while driving on a highway in Windsor. Romero was driving along when her windshield suddenly shattered. She then realized she was injured, but she luckily managed to pull over and call for help.

The FBI is now investigating whether these shootings are related.

Over the last month, multiple motorists in Windsor have reported that their windows have been shattered while driving. One of these reports came from a sheriff’s van that was transporting prisoners when it was suddenly hit by a projectile, shattering the passenger window.

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Jacoby was a pillar of the community who acted as a part-time caretaker for the town. He worked as a grocery bagger, and was known to never miss a Windsor High School football, basketball, or baseball game. He had no driver’s license, so he rode his bike to work every day.

“This just doesn’t happen in this town,” said Tony Bates, who grew up on the same street from Jacoby. “I feel useless because I can’t do anything to find this person.”

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There has not been a homicide in Windsor since 2007. In 2014, Windsor was named the safest big city (a community with a population of over 20,000) in Colorado. Now, residents are in fear for their lives as many suspect a sniper is on the loose.

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