DENVER – Sherri Landrum promised her murdered son she'll celebrate his life every year, as long as the killer was out there.
It's been 10 years. Kurt Levias, 21, was killed outside the Blue Bird Theater on August 4, 2004. Police say there was a fight there after a concert.
"I never lost hope," Landrum said. "I never gave up hope, because I know I serve a good God. There was no question in my mind, one day whether he was dead or alive this case would be solved."
This spring, Denver prosecutors charged a man with Levias' murder. George Allen IV will go on trial in October. He's accused of shooting Levias.
According to the arrest affidavit, the DNA recently obtained from Allen's cigarette matched the DNA found on the murder weapon.
Landrum says she understands Allen still has to go through the court process. But she believes she finally has the answer, and the feeling so many victims are conflicted about; she calls it closure.
"A lot of people have asked me 'how are you feeling?' And 'are you ok?' I'm fine," she said. "I'm fine! I am so over elated with feelings right now. I just can't explain how I feel. Because I'm happy I'm sad. Because one thing I'm getting closure, my family is getting closure. More over my kids, because I've forgiven that young man 10 years ago."
Landrum's been celebrating Levias' life every year. Next Monday is the last time she'll do it.
It was meant to last until the killer is found.
"I said this would be my last one," she said. "I promised Kurt when he was killed I will have your celebration every year until your killer is caught and that's what I'm doing."
Landrum is inviting anyone who would want to attend to the celebration outside the Blue Bird Theater Monday August 4, 5:30 p.m.
A fundraiser at the bar "Over There off Hampden" is scheduled for August 3. Admission to the Justice Party for the Life of LK! is free with a donation.
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