Fund set up for Steamboat shooting victim
Friend of Rhonda Heaton Cash's said she doesn't have family here
June 15, 2010
Steamboat Springs — A friend of Rhonda Heaton Cash has set up a fund to help with medical costs after Cash was shot Friday.
Cash, a longtime Steamboat Springs resident, was shot in her home on Iris Lane.
Police said they suspect that her estranged husband, Robert Cash, shot her in the back of the neck before shooting himself in the chest.
Alaine Montgomery said she worked with Rhonda Cash, then Rhonda Heaton, for 11 years and remains friends with her. She set up the fund at the First National Bank of the Rockies, and donations are accepted at all local branches.
Montgomery said Rhonda Cash does not have any immediate family in Steamboat Springs, and she wanted to help with the medical costs. Rhonda Cash's two adult daughters do not live in the area, Montgomery said. Rhonda Cash originally is from Missouri and still has family in that area, but she has lived in Steamboat for about 25 years, Montgomery said.
Steamboat Springs Police Department Detectives Capt. Bob DelValle said Tuesday morning that doctors in Denver removed the bullet from Rhonda Cash's spine and that detectives are collecting it as evidence. DelValle said Robert Cash is still in a medically induced coma. He also is reportedly in a Front Range hospital.
Police suspect that Robert Cash shot Rhonda Cash at about 6:30 a.m. and then shot himself at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
Both were taken to the hospital after police entered the house at about 11 a.m.
The two were going through a divorce, and police reportedly found a paper in the house detailing marital problems. According to the divorce petition, they had been separated since Feb. 23.
DelValle said Tuesday that detectives were still gathering evidence but expect to file charges with the Routt County District Attorney's Office soon.
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