Deadly Denver shooting: 5th victim identified as Lakewood hotel clerk

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) – A hotel worker who was shot and killed by a murderous gunman at Hyatt House in Lakewood has been identified as Sarah Steck, 28.

The gunman, identified as Lyndon McLeod, entered the Hyatt house and shot Steck several times. She was taken to the hospital and later died.

Steck becomes the fifth victim in a series of shootings that began in Denver and ended in Lakewood. A Lakewood officer shot and killed McLeod after he shot him near the Belmar Mall. Romero said the officer was in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

She had recently obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Metropolitan State University in Denver. As part of her graduation requirements, she published a thesis titled “Politics is Visual”.

MSU sent a letter regarding Steck’s death. He said, in part:

It is with a heavy heart that I extend my hand to you during this winter break. As news of the terrible shooting in Denver and Lakewood on Monday December 27 unfolded, it was sad enough to learn that the victims of this senseless crime were members of our creative community. It was even more devastating to learn yesterday that one of those creatives was a former alum. Sarah Steck graduated in Spring 2021 with a Bachelor of Communication Design and was a beloved member of our department and its academic cohort. She was described in the news as the Lakewood hotel worker who perished in the shooting, but she was much more than that to us, her family and friends. Professors in the Communication Design program describe her as “a super hip woman” who loved punk rock, was gentle, and had strong character. Sarah described her mission to “create custom alternative designs for the weird and unusual people who aren’t afraid to be who they are” inspired by vintage Gothic styles interpreted through her own modern aesthetic.

Denver Metropolitan State University

Hyatt House General Manager Andra Alvarez issued the following statement:

We are devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of our dear friend and colleague Sarah Steck, receptionist hostess at Hyatt House Denver / Lakewood in Belmar. Colleagues and guests knew Sarah for her infectious laughter and her love of kittens, art, and music, especially Blink-182. But most of all, Sarah loved her boyfriend, family and friends. She will be sadly missed and our hearts go out to the family and friends of Sarah and the families and friends of all of the victims of the horrific act of violence that occurred on December 27, 2021.

Hyatt House Denver / Lakewood in Belmar will be temporarily suspending operations out of respect for Sarah and to allow time for the hotel staff to mourn. We help current and future clients relocate and appreciate their understanding and flexibility. The hotel continues to work closely with local authorities and we ask that any further inquiries regarding this matter be directed to the Lakewood Police Department.

A GoFundMe was set up by a close friend to help Sarah’s family.

Another family friend is hosting a fundraiser on January 8 in Lakewood. Find out more here.

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