Family seeks details in stabbing death of Montrose man

Courtesy photo—Shaun Peter Cassidy is shown in an undated photo with Azura Lakin, whom he was visiting in Fort Collins when he was stabbed in the neck with a beer bottle after a night out with her at a bar. Cassidy died of his wounds Sunday, a week after the incident.

A Montrose family is still trying to piece together the details that led to the stabbing death of Shaun Peter Cassidy in Fort Collins.

Cassidy died Sunday of a stroke related to massive blood loss after he was stabbed in the neck with a beer bottle in the early morning hours a week earlier.

According to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office, Cassidy’s death is listed as a homicide. He also suffered blunt-force trauma to the head.

His on-again, off-again girlfriend of two years, Azura Lakin, was arrested and posted a $750 cash bond on Oct. 4. Lakin, 21, returns to court at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

“We’re in the process of reviewing the final report to determine where we go from there,” said Linda Jensen, spokeswoman for the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office.

According to Cassidy’s family, he traveled from Montrose to Fort Collins to see Lakin, who had moved there from Montrose in July. Cassidy planned on being there for one night and was due back at work the next day.

He left Montrose at about 4 p.m. and arrived sometime around 10 p.m., said his mother, Charlene Cassidy.

According to police reports, the two went to a downtown bar to have drinks and an argument began. Cassidy’s family said the argument was not between Lakin and Shaun, and that a second man was involved. Jensen said she could not confirm those details, pending the investigation.

The two then went back to Lakin’s apartment, the Gables at Silverplume complex at 1601 W. Swallow Road, where a second altercation started.

Police were called and upon arrival found Cassidy disoriented and suffering from a severe laceration on his neck. He died seven days later.

Cassidy was born on Dec. 24, 1987, in Grand Junction and left behind two brothers and two sisters along with a large extended family in Montrose.

His family described him as gentle, warm, caring and a loving uncle to his brother Mike’s two children. He loved camping and played drums and enjoyed video games.

Charlene Cassidy said in the past when he and Lakin argued, her son always would “walk away” to defuse the situation.

“He was good about walking away, he didn’t want to fight, he didn’t want to argue and it always worked out,” she said.

She said it was the second time Cassidy had visited Lakin since she moved.


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