Slaying victim was longtime Valley Realtor
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Thursday was mum about the slaying of a native Grand Valley resident, in a shooting that happened minutes after the arrival of 2014.
Randy Cook, 47, of Grand Junction, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest in the predawn hours of New Year’s Day at a home on Orchard Mesa, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.
The death was ruled homicide.
The sheriff’s office said they were called around 12:15 a.m. on a report of a man shot at 2846 C Road. While there were no arrests made through Thursday in the case, the sheriff’s office said multiple people who were at the scene have already been questioned.
Court documents associated with the case were sealed.
Cook, who was a Realtor at Hill & Homes in Grand Junction, was the subject of dozens of tributes Wednesday and Thursday via Facebook praising him as a nurturing father, son, brother and friend. A father of three children, Cook celebrated his birthday just this past Monday.
“His birthday card is still in his box,” Faith Hill said Thursday, owner of Hill & Homes, whose mourning staff includes one of Randy Cook’s two brothers, Stacey.
“He’s more like a part of the family than an agent,” she said. “Randy was a friend to everyone.”
Hill added, “It sounds like he was trying to break up a fight that he shouldn’t have been in the middle of.”
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin declined comment on possible scenarios in Cook’s slaying because of the sealed records and ongoing investigation.
The home where the shooting happened is owned by 36-year-old Joseph E. Hoskins, according to Mesa County Assessor records.
Messages left at the residence weren’t immediately returned.