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Kristine Kirk Murder: Family Puts Focus on Victim and Kids, Not Pot Edibles Controversy

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A family photo of Kristine Kirk. Additional images, a video and more below.
The April 14 murder of Kris Kirk immediately caused a media furor. For one thing, she had been on the phone with a 911 operator for an extended period of time when her husband, Richard Kirk, allegedly shot her to death. For another, a warrant revealed that Richard has consumed a marijuana edible prior to pulling the trigger, leading to heavy hype over pot candy. (See update below.)

Through it all, Kirk's family has remained silent. But now, they've spoken out, as well as releasing a moving statement that ignores the cannabis edibles debate to focus on Kris and the loves of her life -- the three sons she left behind. See the complete statement, new photos and more below.

See also: Warrant: Richard Kirk may have been on pain meds, pot edible when he killed his wife (50)

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Richard Kirk in a photo from his Facebook page.
In addition to meeting the press, Kris's sister, Tammy Heman, assembled a reflection shared by the Denver District Attorney's Office along with a number of family photos featuring Kris and her kids, including this one:

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That's appropriate, given the content of Hemans' release. The entire document is on view below, but here's an excerpt:
It has been four months since the most horrifying and still-inconceivable tragedy occurred in our family when Kris was brutally shot and killed by her husband in their home. It still feels very raw. In the days and weeks immediately after, the shock, grief, horror and disbelief we felt were all-consuming. We know there has been a lot of media attention around this and we were contacted several times for comment. We simply were in no condition to speak with anyone. Our sole focus has been teh boys. They have been in our care (my parents and I) since the night of the incident. All we could do is cry together, hug and console one another. Since then, their healing and return to some sort of stabily and "new normal" has been our main priority.
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Another photo of Kris and the boys shared by the Denver DA's office.
For Kris's sons, Heman continues, "the loss is immeasurable. They were extremely close to their mom. She was supportive, protective and actively involved in every aspect of their lives. She was their biggest fan whether at school, home or on the sports field. She was their 'go-to' person for everything. And they were her greatest pride and accomplishment in life. She loved them unconditionally and she always put them first, before her needs. Her close bond and relationship with them was something to envy and that can never be replaced."

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Kris and her youngest on Halloween.
Heman stresses that the boys remain "remarkable people -- loving, bright, funny and sensitive. They keep us going." But she's under no illusions that the road will be smoother from here on out. Another passage:
We know there is a long road ahead filled with many challenges -- especially since we are only now skimming the surface of the emotions caused by the horror of that night and teh profound sense of loss we feel without her. The boys are our motivation now and it is our greatest hope that they can still have a happy life. We are committed to giving them the best possible chance for that. We want to continue Kris's legacy of raising them to be strong, independent and loving young men. And education is a big part of that.
With this in mind, Kris' family has established the Kristine Ann Kirk Memorial Fund -- and thus far, more than $31,000 has been raised. For more information, click here.

Below, see a 7News report featuring an interview with Kris's family, followed by Heman's statement.

Kristine Kirk Family Statement

Update: The original version of this post noted that initial reports suggested Richard Kirk may have taken prescription back medication prior to the shooting. However, the Denver District Attorney's Office informs us that blood tests showed only a low-level presence of THC. The text above has been changed to reflect this information.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.


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21 comments
Jason McDaniel
Jason McDaniel

I believe this is the media trying to paint a negative picture of legalization-give it time and other states will start to realize what they are missing and the actual good that could come from legalization..

Jason McDaniel
Jason McDaniel

Just sayin- i ate a lot of brownies in the past and never went psyco and as a matter of fact pot has been around for a really long time, legal or not i've never heard of such a thing until colorado legalized it

Jason McDaniel
Jason McDaniel

Hmm i didnt know they did autopsies on living people - and i was unaware they released his toxicology report to the public?.?

Cindy Fahey
Cindy Fahey

I just want to know where her husband got that rockin' Rock band bandana!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Murderous Marijuana Madness!!

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

"Kristine Kirk Murder: Family Puts Focus on Victim and Kids, Not Pot Edibles Controversy" -- of course; unlike our corporate media, the family has no axe to grind.  I suppose that after the media used this case and two others to definitively conclude that there is some (unknown) problem with edibles, the obvious statement of truth above is news.

Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs

Cannabis had nothing to do with this crime.

Kim Anderson
Kim Anderson

Does the phrase "user error" ever come to mind? Or is that just me?

Meagan Deloach Mason
Meagan Deloach Mason

leave it to Westword to twist a family's statement about something so tragic as propaganda to support pot- how absolutely tacky.

Tracy King
Tracy King

Ha, westurd....my new favorite name for them! And no, pot doesn't kill. Add alcohol & pill? Ya probably!

Cole Whitaker
Cole Whitaker

This is largely due to the Denver Post's never ending quest to find something tragic to pin on marijuana. Some of the most biased reporting I've ever seen.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Well this is the first time Westturd has mentioned her kids yet still chooses to touch on pot edibles. What's your stand Westturd?

Jason McDaniel
Jason McDaniel

to blame a murder on pot edibles is pure propaganda, besides there was alcohol and prescription pills involved correct? Never in my life have i heard of someone murdering another person because they were stoned, but how many times has domestic violence been linked to alcohol and pills?

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay   "Murderous Marijuana Madness!!"


Murder = "the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another"


So you think the guy planned this before he ate an edible and took pharmaceutical pain pills?  


PAIN PILLS + EDIBLES + GUNS + RELIGION + PERSON WITH A LACK OF SELF CONTROL = MADNESS


"Mrs Kirk, 44, called police Monday night, telling dispatchers her husband ate marijuna candy and had taken prescription pain pills before he started hallucinating."


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2732405/Man-killed-wife-hallucinating-marijuana-edibles-painkillers-asked-son-7-kill-again.html#ixzz3Bf0DBHRi 
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GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@RobertChase   More denial robert?  There have been problems with edible potencies not being consistent with what is reported on the label...people getting placebo edibles or edibles with less thc than reported on the label could cause them to use too much accidentally in the future when they consume an edible that actually contains the amount of thc reported.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Tracy King "And no, pot doesn't kill."


People on Pot Kill !!

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Which way does the wind blow and the money flow?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@GuestWho


Crazed Cannabis Carnage? !!


Psychotic Sativa Slaying? !!


Marijuana Munchie Massacre?








RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@GuestWho @RobertChase A few people eating more cannabis than they realized does not amount to a crisis or demonstrate any significant problem with edibles -- surely you are aware of the fact that the media tried to hype the deaths of Levy Thamba and Kristine Kirk, together with Maureen Dowd's "bad trip", into an indictment of edibles in general; they weren't pointing out a problem with labeling!  The murder of Ms. Kirk by her mentally-ill husband e.g. has nothing to do with edibles, so far as I know.

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Why keep obsessing about marijuana, ignoring the other numerous contributing factors, eh?  


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