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Friend Of Cyclist Shot & Killed In Windsor: 'I'm Mad'

WINDSOR, Colo. (CBS4)- Friends of a bicyclist who was gunned down while riding on the side of the road on Monday are angry and confused.

"I'm mad that there is somebody running around on the streets of our town that just took somebody's life and thinks they're going to get away with it," said John Jacoby's friend Brian Gary.

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Brian Gary and John Jacoby (credit:

Gary, a radio personality for K99 in Windsor, said Jacoby had volunteered at a K99 fundraiser for the past 10 years.

"Everyone knew him as that smiling, nice part of Windsor," said Gary.

A passing motorist found the body of Jacoby, 48, Monday morning in a ditch near County Road 72 northwest of Windsor Lake. Police initially thought he was the victim of a hit-and-run but the investigation revealed he had been shot twice.

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The shooting scene in Windsor (credit: CBS)

Now the FBI is involved in the investigation at the request of the Windsor Police Department. Lt. Richard Higuera told CBS4 the reason they are working with the FBI is because the FBI offered to help the small police department.

Jacoby, known to many in Windsor as Johnny, has been described as the kind of person who was everybody's friend -- someone who those that knew him just can't imagine having any enemies.

One of Jacoby's brothers, a paramedic, was first to respond to the call and found his brother dead.

Police have not named any suspects or a possible motive for Jacoby's murder.

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John Jacoby (credit:

"My initial thought right away was this is just some punk idiot out there who just thought, they're driving by and thought 'wouldn't it be cool if we just... shot,'" said Gary. "It just seems like such a random senseless act of violence."

The FBI says it cannot confirm or deny an investigation into whether another traffic-related shooting last month on Interstate 25 is connected. Last month Cori Romero was shot in the neck while driving on the interstate. She was able to pull over and call for help and survived the shooting. There are still no suspects in that case.

There has also been a series of reports of people having their windows mysteriously shattered while driving in northern Colorado. With the exception of Romero's case, investigators found no evidence of gunshots in those cases.

Gary believes justice will be served, "Somebody's going to trip themselves on this and we will find out who it is."

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