By Vanessa Dominguez
April Wilson, the mother of Kayleah Wilson, stopped by Culver’s Restaurant on Monday to offer her thanks to the Greeley community for all of their support during her horrible ordeal. “I just want to say thank you to everyone that helped, even before this with the searches”.
The two day event at Culver’s was organized by the Greeley Gazette and Pirate 104.7FM to raise money to help the Wilson family. All profits from restaurant sales for both Sunday and Monday will be donated to the family. Joe Gibbs, the owner of Culver’s, said attendance was up over 20% on Sunday. Gibbs traveled from Des Moines, Iowa just to attend the fundraiser. Gibbs said it was “the right thing to do when a town loses someone at such a young age“.
Many of those in attendance expressed a desire to do something to help as well as the depth to which the community has been affected by Kayleah’s death. “It’s a horrible thing to happen…we prayed for her…a thing like this makes you love your babies more” said Lisa Martinez of Greeley.
While the reason for the event was a somber one, the event itself provided some light hearted moments and the beginnings of healing. The Pirate Radio morning team, The Big Kahuna and Dutch, urged folks to “have a butter burger for breakfast” and Doug Kershaw stopped by to donate an autographed fiddle to be auctioned off on eBay. About mid-morning the king himself, Elvis (a.k.a. George Gray), showed up to pose for pictures and encourage folks to stop in and help out.
Twelve year old Kayleah Wilson went missing after leaving her home March 28th to attend a friend’s birthday party. Her body was later discovered in an irrigation ditch. Police have classified her death as a homicide. Her ex-boyfriend, 18 year old Robert Laurencio Montoya was arrested on March 22nd for sexual assault on a child.
In an interview with Pirate Radio, April Wilson said that her daughter was only 12 years old “but look at how many lives she has touched“. April also related how she and Kayleah used to do simple things together like watch television at 6 o’clock every night. “She was my only baby girl, so we were very close.”
Near the end of the event, April was presented with a Ford Escort courtesy of Weld County Garage and 6months if insurance courtesy of Joey Maynes of Farmers Insurance.
The Greeley Police Department and FBI are working together to make sure they find and prosecute whomever is responsible for Kayleah’s death. If you have any information in regards to the Kayleah Wilson case, please call (970) 350-9600 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (970) 350-9600 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.