Some murders get more attention than others, in part because they better fit narratives that make them seem simultaneously out of the ordinary and dramatic in a familiar way. Such is the case withthe tragic death of Andrew Gelston Graham
, whose body was found on the front lawn of a home in an affluent Centennial neighborhood; the Arapahoe County coroner reports that Graham died ofa single gunshot wound
, presumably fired by someone he encountered while walking home from a light-rail station.
Other slayings tend to get lost in the media shuffle, in part because the incidents, and the parties involved, are less straight-forward. Maria Singleton-McGaughy doesn't want that to happen with the post-Halloween Club Posh shooting that ultimately claimed the life of 29-year-old John Singleton, her husband. "We're just looking for justice, and to find out what's going on -- what happened," Singleton-McGaughy says.
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Singleton dated Maria for ten years before marrying her in June -- but that doesn't mean their love match was smooth. They separated about a month before his death, and as a result, she didn't learn that he'd been involved in the Club Posh shooting immediately after it happened. "Maybe it was because of the fact that we were in the midst of an argument, or maybe the family got to them first," she says, "but I didn't know what happened until two days later. Nobody contacted me until last Tuesday." This radio silence was especially frustrating to her because she'd caught reports about the Club Posh incident: "I saw it on the news and I didn't even know it was him."
When asked to describe Singleton, she notes that he worked as an electrician, and while he got into some trouble in his younger years ("Nothing too extensive, nothing too bad," she insists), "he was honestly working on changing his life around, leaving all that negativity stuff behind. He had found God, and thank goodness he did, because that's where he's at now." He made his living as an electrician "and took care of his home, took care of his family. He was very dependable -- an uplifting spirit, kind. He was my protector, my soul mate."
Despite the separation, Singleton-McGaughy says she'd spoken to Singleton in the days before Halloween and expected they'd reunite for the holidays. Now that won't happen, and she's having difficulty getting answers about the investigation into his murder from the Denver Police Department. "They've been very limited with me," she says. "I have no idea what's really going on."
Let's hope something is -- for everyone's sake.