Ashland chief addresses fears in wake of slaying

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ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness has told residents he doesn't know how safe they are after the slaying of a 23-year-old man on a bike path in the Southern Oregon town.

The Ashland Daily Tidings reports (http://bit.ly/sMiOvG ) about 500 people turned out Tuesday night for a community meeting about the Nov. 19 slaying of David Michael Grubbs.

He says it doesn't appear Grubbs was targeted, and the killer may have chosen him at random.

He says Grubbs does not appear to have been robbed, and gang activity is unlikely.

He told the audience two boys who stashed a skateboard and a helmet along the path are not suspects.

A friend of Grubbs called for lighting the path, saying the slaying could have been prevented.

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Information from: The Ashland Daily Tidings, http://www.dailytidings.com