story is dedicated to our loving sister from her sisters,
Melody, Kathy and Christina.
story is about our sister. Her mother is Lana, her father is
Ted, and she is the third born of four girls. Growing up she
was always the littlest, the most petite and the pickiest of
all four. As a little girl she loved to be with her little
sister Christina; they were inseparable growing up.
in Commerce City, CO until she was about 11 years old. We then
moved to Arizona, to be in the warm weather. While she was
there, she and our mom were the best of friends. She loved to
baby-sit for people and loved that she made her own money. She
often took our mom and Christina out for lunch.
In April of
1991, they returned to Commerce City to live, as Trisha wanted
to go to Adams City High School to attend high school where
her mother and older sisters graduated. She started high
school in 1991. She loved to go to school; she had a 3.5 or a
While she was in the 10th grade, she got a
job working at the Mile High Flea market on weekends, where
she continued to work for 3 years. She loved school, her
friends, and her family.
After graduation she got a full time
job working with me (Kathy) at Continental Book Company in
Thornton, Colorado. She worked for Continental Book Company
for 1 year, at the same time she held a part time job at
Target during the evenings and weekend, just so she could
afford her car that she bought essentially on her own.
her then-boyfriend Tony, while out cruising. They dated for
about 6 months. After they broke up, she found out that she was
pregnant with his child. They remained friends throughout her
pregnancy and Trystan was born on June 22nd, 1997.
Trisha loved her child very much; the day he was born was the best
day of her life. She was scared to take care of this little
child that was hers, but with help from all of her sisters and
mother, she made the best of it.
approximately August of 1997, she started working at Sound
Track where she met Troy. They started dating right away. She
loved the idea that Troy just loved her son, and helped her
out with the things that she needed for him. It was an off and
on relationship from the beginning, they never really lived
together until June of 2000.
We only saw him occasionally, at
family affairs, Christmas, Trystanís birthday, etc. When we
did see him at those affairs, he was usually drunk or
drinking. Trishaís relationship with him was very shaky to
say the least.
On June 1st, 2000 they finally
decided to move in together. They thought if they lived
together, things for them would get better. Having your own
space and learning to get along would get better. They moved
into a wonderful apartment in Greenwood Village, Colorado. We
never did get to see her apartment until after everything
happened, but it was beautiful, everything that she ever
wanted. Plus it was hers!
On about June 23rd, 2000,
she went to stay with my mom for a week, as her and Troy were
not getting along. She had decided to leave him and try to
make a life for her and Trystan. She stayed with our mom for
one week and then decided to return to her apartment as the
trip from Woodland Park, Colorado to Denver was too much to do
on a daily basis.
She stayed at the apartment for a couple of
weeks, trying to find a place to live; she never did ask any of
her sisters if she could move in with them. She wanted to do
this on her own.
She spent the 4th of July with
me and my
family. We had a BBQ and then went to watch fireworks.
She never mentioned anything was wrong.
Then on July 15th,
Trish, and I decided to go visit our mom in Woodland Park,
and our older sister Melody
came up later in the day. We spent the evening cooking dinner
for our mom and stepdad. Then we watched movies for the rest
of the night.
Trish and I left our momís about 2:00pm on
Sunday the 16th and got back to Denver around 3:30.
We went to my house and we sat around talking and then I
cooked us dinner and we waited for Trystan to come back from
his dad's. I have a cleaning job that I do on the weekends and
I had to go do that so around 6:00 p.m., I decided I better go
do that, so Trisha and Trystan went home.
next day at work we got the phone call that all people hate to
get. A person from the CBI called my work looking for me. I
was unfortunately late for work, but my older sister worked
with me and she took the phone call for me. He told us it was
an emergency that we needed to come down to the Greenwood
Village Police Department. He wouldnít tell us any more over
Melody and I then drove down to the Police Department and the
police took us into a room and told us that Troy had stabbed
my sister to death. She had made a call to 911, and they
traced the call and got the address and responded to her call,
but by the time they got there she was deceased.
stabbed her over 15 times, 2 times in the throat and one time
close to her heart, while in the presence of her three-year-old son. The first thing we asked for was Trystan,
They told us that since the murder happened at 8:30 or so,
they couldnít locate the family, and he went into temporary
foster care. Tony was the only one that could get him out.
After that we asked to see Tony - Trish and he remained friends
and we wanted to see how he was doing. Also we wanted to see
what he was doing to get Trystan back.
Then the detectives
told us we had 15 minutes to decide how our mom was to be
told. We told them not to send a police officer, that we didnít want
our mom to be told that way. We had to call her at
work and tell her. The police told us to call and get the
manager on the phone and ask that she be taken to another room
where she had some privacy. When I called, I asked for the
manager and got my mom on the phone. I told her to go into
another room and take someone with her. When she went to
another room and got back on the phone, I told her it was
about Trish. She asked "Is she ok?" and the only thing I could
say was no. She started crying and gave the phone to her
friend; the police officer then took the phone from me.
was the hardest phone call I have ever made. They did send a
police officer, but at least she didnít have to hear the
news from a stranger.
we were at the police station waiting for our mom to get
there, we were essentially locked up, as the press was outside and they didnít want us to get hounded by them.
week that followed was the worst week of our lives; we had to
plan a funeral for a 23-year-old that should have never died.
When you have to plan a funeral for someone that shouldnít
die, you donít ever know where to start. We didnít know if
she wanted to be buried, cremated, what her favorite flower
was or her favorite song was.
then decided that her mother and sisters wanted to be
cremated, so it wouldnít be fair to leave her here.
Everyone, even though they are young, needs to have a will or
something written down so that if something horrible happens
to them, their loved ones will know what their wishes are.
did at the time know her favorite color, (purple and green),
but we have since learned that her favorite flower is a daisy.
son, Trystan has since been placed with his natural father,
Tony. They are doing good. Trystan has been in therapy since
that fateful night in July and will more than likely stay in
therapy the rest of his life.
dad has since got engaged to his long time girlfriend Sedona,
and they are trying to make a wonderful family life for
Trystan. I hope he always remembers his mom and the love she
had for him. She would have done anything for him.
was a wonderful mother and enjoyed the time she spent with
Trystan. She never went anywhere without him, unless he was
with his dad. At first she had a hard time letting Trystan go
with his dad every other weekend. She didnít know what to do
without him around. She slowly began to learn that Trystan
needed his father just as he needed his mother.
enjoyed being around her sisters and mother. I always received
a phone call from her at least once or twice a week. She knew
how to be a best friend and a sister at the same time.
She was loving, caring, smart and a joy to be around.
When she got upset, you just had to let her be and she would
come around later and act as though nothing ever happened.
hobbies were being the manager of the baseball team in high
school, reading, drawing, talking to her friends and hanging
out with them. She enjoyed the time she got to spend with all
her friends; she always kept in touch with all of her high
first holidays have been hard to get through; we have just
taken it one day at a time. We still have many more firsts for
our family. Unfortunately, Trishaís birthday is still to come
and the first birthday for her son without her. We also have
the anniversary of her death still to come. We have since
started a tradition; each year at Christmas we will donate
money to critical response team from Woodland Park, which
helps in all domestic situations.
mother, Lana and our sister Christina are trying to start a
support group up in Woodland Park, Colorado for women. Not
just for battered women, but for anyone that needs some
support. If you
would like to support the group with donations or in any other
way, or if you live in the area and need help, please contact Lana at
man that did all this is now in county jail, awaiting his
arraignment. It will more than likely go to trial. The motions
hearings have been ongoing and her family will have to testify
the day after Christmas. As far as the trial, we will let
everyone know the outcome.
trial for the man that did this to our sister started on May
15th. It lasted until the 30th of May when the jury finally
came back with a verdict. The jury got the case on the 29th
around noon. The jury found him guilty of 1st degree murder, 2
counts of felony menacing, 1 count of child abuse and 1 count
of wire-tapping. Our family can now say, after almost two
years of waiting, we have found that there is some justice in
this world. Most of the time it just takes a long time.
The sentencing phase will be held in August, but in Colorado
the penalty for 1st degree murder is life with no parole.
family of Patricia (Trish, as we called her) would like
everyone to know that domestic violence can and does happen to
anyone. We never expected something like this to happen to our
family. So to all the women or men out there in a bad
relationships, get help - talk to someone. You donít deserve
to be treated bad.
08/09/02, Troy Kelly received the following sentence(s) for
the murder of Patricia:
Degree Murder: Life in Prison w/o Parole
Menacing (On Police Officer): 3 Years in Prison
Menacing (On Police Officer): 3 Years in Prison
Abuse: 1 Year in County Jail, To Be Served in Prison
Wiretapping: 2 Years in Prison
Patricia's Murder, Troy Kelly was on probation for Domestic
Violence and Felony Stalking of an ex-girlfriend. He
subsequently received 3 years in prison for the Felony
Stalking and 1.5 years for the Domestic Violence charge.
Both charges were also Probation Violations.
Total Prison Time: Life in Prison Without Parole, With
consecutive 13.5 Years to be Served.