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Murder Victim’s Family Says Body Was In Plain View For 3 Hours

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Justin O'Donnell's body on the ground while police investigated (credit: CBS)

Justin O’Donnell’s body on the ground while police investigated (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police have identified the victims in a double murder that happened Friday at the corner of York Street and Bruce Randolph Avenue in broad daylight.

The victims have been identified as Deon T. Rudd, 30, of Aurora, and Justin O’Donnell, 21, of Denver.

Denver police are still looking for two gunmen who escaped on foot. They haven’t been able to provide a better description.

Justin O’Donnell’s family is still looking for answers.

“It’s been a lot of love … I can’t, I can’t, I can’t,” Justin O’Donnell’s mother Tracy O’Donnell said.

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Justin O’Donnell (credit: CBS)

Family members say Justin O’Donnell was an innocent bystander.

“He was definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time. Because for him to live around the corner, that’s not someplace where you’d seen him,” Justin O’Donnell’s aunt Debra Fletcher said.

At his memorial Sunday O’Donnell was remembered for his passion in music and people. His family says he wasn’t involved in a gang.

Denver police haven’t released new information on what led to Friday’s shooting. The midday violence drew so many neighbors to the crime scene some officers were assigned to crowd control.

O’Donnell’s family says they’re angry with the progress of the investigation. They call police actions at the scene shameful. Investigators left O’Donnell’s body uncovered and unshielded from the public for more than three hours. O’Donnell’s family was across the street and say police investigated the scene in plain view.

“This is your job. You do it too often to not do it right,” Fletcher said.

“That was very disrespectful. It was very disrespectful,” another woman said.

Denver police say they couldn’t put up a protective screen because of evidence collection. A spokesman says officers on the scene did try to use vehicles to block the scene from public view.

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