A news article at the time reporting on the death of David Emmett Simpson
SLAYING VICTIM AT CU IDENTIFIED AS HOMELESS MAN
Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO) (Published as Rocky Mountain News (CO)) - September 6, 1997
A man found beaten to death near the Boulder Creek Path this week was homeless, authorities said Friday.
The Boulder County coroner's office identified the victim as David Emmett Simpson, 48, who has lived for years on Boulder's streets.
He had an extensive alcohol-related arrest record for such offenses as harassment, trespassing and open-container violations and was issued more than two dozen municipal citations this year alone, according to Boulder police records.
Simpson died of blunt-force injuries to his head and face. Toxicology reports on his body are expected in several weeks.
His body was found Wednesday night on the north edge of the University of Colorado campus, near the Boulder Creek Path. CU police were leading the investigation into the homicide, the first on campus property since 1984.
About 16 officers from CU and three detectives on loan from the Boulder County Sheriff's Department were interviewing Simpson's street companions and other potential witnesses, CU spokeswoman Pauline Hale said.
Some older homeless men in Boulder have reported being assaulted in the past year by young people. A longtime Boulder street person who was arrested this summer for brandishing a knife complained of being threatened by teen-agers, a police report said.
Three other homeless men died in accidents this summer in Boulder, including a man who stumbled drunk onto a busy street and another who drowned in a ditch.