Joshua Delaney
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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Joshua Delaney who was born in Denver Colorado on Wednesday, June 23, 1982 and gained angel status 8 days before his 23rd birthday on Wednesday, June 15, 2005. We will remember him forever. Joshua was taken at the hands of another and noone can be prepared for this type of loss. No parent should EVER have to bury their child. This website is a way for his immediate family to keep his loving memory alive. Joshua was a very loving and LOVED young man and I am proud to be his mother.


Thank you all who lit a candle for Joshua's seventh angelversary date (June 15, 2012). Please visit 'His Legacy' for latest news updates.

Who will cry for the little boy?
By Antwone Fisher

who will cry for the little boy?
Lost and all alone.
Who will cry for the little boy?
Abandoned without his own?

Who will cry for the little boy?
He cried himself to sleep.
Who will cry for the little boy?
He never had for keeps.

Who will cry for the little boy?
He walked the burning sand
Who will cry for the little boy?
The boy inside the man.

Who will cry for the little boy?
Who knows well hurt and pain
Who will cry for the little boy?
He died again and again.

Who will cry for the little boy?
A good boy he tried to be
Who will cry for the little boy?
Who cries inside of me

Anyone having information regarding this unsolved murder can anonymously report their information to:      
Please use the email address above to report any knowledge you may have of this murder to the Colorado Springs Homicide unit. 


 Some day somebody will develop a conscience and report what they know, this is an awful secret to carry and my hope is those who were present and know what happened will someday come forward so there will one day be JUSTICE FOR JOSH!

I walked away that morning, without a backward glance,
I didn't know that moment was going to be our last.
The last time I would hold you or see your lovely face,
The last time I would kiss you and feel your strong embrace.

So solid and so real,so vibrant and alive,
A happy face with twinkling eyes, my fine young man, my child.
My first-born son, my Adam, the apple of my eye,
so cruelly taken from me, I never said goodbye.

The shattered remnant of my heart is strangely beating still,
with holes so black and fathomless no light could ever fill.
I don't know how I face each day without my darling boy.
Gone is all the happiness, the love of life, the joy.

The years stretch on before me, so bleak and dark and long,
I pray you walk beside me, son, and help to keep me strong.
And when my life is over, come to me on that day,
and smile at me and hold me tight and carry me away.

the wind that whispers through the trees, the brightest star at night,
a rainbow on a dismal day, a shaft of golden light,
All these are signs you send to me, a message from above,
that even death can't break the bonds of Son and Mother Love...

Tracy Lamont

To view videos of Joshua's Memorial Birthday poems go to
and search for Joshua Delaney



                          Thank you Theresa Buxton for this!

Precious Son
by Joy Curnutt 

God, I know you gave your precious Son
To give us life with You.
But I didn’t want my son to leave,
Cause he was precious too.
We all are precious in your eyes
And all to you return.
I know my son will not come back,
And I still have much to learn.
Our time on earth is for learning,
And when our lessons are through,
Our spirit chooses the time we leave,
And we come back to you.
My precious son is with you,
And there will be a day,
That I too will leave this earthly place,
And you will light my way.
I know your arms will be open,
And I will have a smile,
To see my God and precious son,
I will then become Your child. 



Here is your nephew named in your honor!

Ja'eire Joshua Delaney 6-12-2009

Isaiah 51:11: 11 
Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

We must resist sorrow and grief and ask for God's peace and comfort when we face loss and heartache. If we submit unto God and resist the devil, then the tormenting grief and pain caused by the devil, will have to flee.

James 4:7:
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Here is a sample prayer you can offer to God:

Father God, Thank You for always being there for me no matter what I face. I know You will never fail me, even in my most intense trials. I have not always understood why I was going through certain things; however, I do not have to understand, because You are God and You are in control, in spite of my lack of understanding. I know that all You require of me is to trust You, and look to You in faith and You will come and save me, and bring me an answer. You always have, and You always will, because you are faithful. You never fail any of us who look to You. I have failed You, Lord, by my doubt and unbelief at times, but You have never failed me. Lord, please remove all the sorrow and grief I feel. Heal this pain I feel in my heart and help me to trust You more. Fill this empty place in my heart with more of Your Spirit. I ask this in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen

MOMS (Mothers of Murdered Sons/Daughters)


To My Uncle
Joshua "Strap" Delaney
we must say goodbye
He wouldn't want to hear us cry...

A sweeter man we've never met
In our hearts we'll never forget!

The angels came to take him home,
Now we are left on earth to roam.

His time was long, yet seemed too short
To memories now we must resort.

For everyone he had a smile
And he loved to sit and talk awhile.

Now in our hearts Josh still
lives on
Until our time on earth is gone...

Then once again we'll join our
Together in time that will never end!

In Memory of
Joshua Jerome Delaney

We Will Always Love You 

Written by nephew Darius Scott 11/2006


Picture for my Daddy! 11/5/2006
by Tahjarae

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To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2006 


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It broke my heart to lose you,
But you did not go alone
Part of me went with you,
the day God called you home.
A million times I've thought of you
A million times I've cryed
If loving could have saved you
You would have never died
Forgive me Lord, I'll always weep
For the son I loved but could not keep

The Gazette featured a 'Cold Case' article on Joshua's murder. Once again they have smeared his name:

THE COLD CASE FILES: Young father killed, 2005
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Each victim is a face frozen in time, haunting investigators whose job it is to bring their killers to justice decades after the trail has gone cold.

The Gazette in cooperation with the Colorado Springs Police Department runs a weekly feature called “The Cold Case Files.” The Colorado Springs Police Department Homicide Cold Case Unit is currently responsible for approximately 90 unsolved homicide cases dating back to 1949. A case is considered to be cold if it remains unsolved for more than one year. If you have any information that would be of assistance in these investigations, please contact 719-444-7613, by email at or you may remain anonymous and could earn a cash reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP (7867).

The Victim: Joshua “Josh” Jerome Delaney, 22, also known as “Strap,” was shot and killed June 15, 2005. He was engaged to be married and was the father of a 4-year-old daughter. Delaney’s family has a Web site dedicated to his memory at

File number: 05-21466

The Crime: Colorado Springs police received a call of a shooting near London Lane and Chelton Road at 12:42 a.m. Officers found Delaney’s body inside of his vehicle. Delaney had been shot numerous times in front of a residence in the 4500 block of London Lane in southeast Colorado Springs.
Earlier, Delaney had been at the Platinum 25 nightclub at 1677 Jet Wing Drive, where he may have been involved in an altercation.
The Platinum 25 nightclub, which has since closed, was a hangout for gang members, according to police.
Delaney, who had been convicted of helping a gang member hide evidence after a fatal hit and run in 2000, had been out of prison for two months.

The Investigation: A suspect, Carlos Ford-Vigil was arrested in the killing but murder charges were dropped after a key witness, Rickey Terrell Lacour, first fled the state, then refused to testify.

The headstone is done and was set  April 2006. Lots more pictures to come soon! It is beautiful! I am having issues with my printer/scanner, once I have them worked out I will post new pictures-


July 12, 2006- Murder charges will be dismissed against Carlos Ford-Vigil due to the main witness having disappeared. An arrest warrant has been issued for Ricky LaCour in this case and others. I will keep you posted with any news in this matter. 

7/25/06-Murder charges were officially dismissed today in court. The Gazette called and asked my they are

It's a shame when small minded thugs, from their seedy bathroom meetings decide to kill my son and then put the word out 'No Snitchin'.
Now a witness has disappeared and these curs (ie: Carlos Ford-Vigil) with their outlaw mentality think they have won. I wonder what credo they live by that they commit genocide so freely. Evidently these curs have no ideas of what Black Pride means or Each one Reach one means.  I am thankful I taught my son better. Remember Joshua was leaving the club trying to get to his home. It is wonder if a Black man makes it to the age of 25 without fear of jail, prison, drugs , alcohol abuse or Black on Black violence.  This is a nationwide problem for Blacks, but seems to be very prevalent here in the Springs at this time. You cannot be judge and jury and expect to be held blameless when you meet your maker. I feel sorry for their souls.
Joshua was baptized and made his first communion in the church and his soul is at rest !
'Vengeance is mine' saith the Lord 

Definition of CUR
1.  A dog considered to be inferior or undesirable; a mongrel. 
2.  A base or cowardly person.

August 3, 2006 Well I finally broke down and bought a new printer/scanner and as promised look at Joshua's timeline to see the latest pics. His first Angel anniversary and second birthday without him on earth with his beloved family.

I have added the articles published to date on His Legacy Page.......More to come
Remember don't believe everything you read, it is NOT true!

12/12/06- Detective Reynolds called to say Ricky LaCour has been picked up in Arizona. He will be extradited back to Colorado and murder charges will be reinstated against Carlos Ford-Vigil. Looks like God works in mysterious ways!

2/5/07-Ricky went to court 1/29/07, he is out on bond, his attempted murder charges in another shooting are to be reinstated. However he must agree to testify in my sons murder case. What a justice system huh???

4/3/07- Murder charges will be presented to Judge Colt within the next week for his review to see if the murder charges will be reinstated against Carlos. 

5/16/07- Murder charges have NOT been reinstated against Carlos Ford- seems that justice will not be meted out by our judicial system here in Colorado Springs

June 3, 2007 Latest article on murder charges on the LEGACY tab above

Put aside the sword, the battle’s done,
Oh, so early for one so young.
‘Tis God who decides wither we go, and whence we come.
Count not your sorrow in passing years,
So much to do, no time for tears.
Be not daunted, nor filled with fears,
Hands will guide you thro’ coming years.
So brave you’ve been, fail not him now,
Honour His name and your head bow
To a greater will than you know of now.

May your heart not know the pain of grief too long.
Look unto God, have faith, be strong.
Let not tears wet or stain your cheek.
The earth shall be inherited by the meek.

Go forward into the light of God’s day,
Look not backward on the way.
Remember Him when you kneel to pray.
Be not bitter as you say
“Thank you God, for our lovely days,
For his youthfulness and boyish ways”.
Keep in memory, evergreen
The happy days you both have seen.
Think not on what might have been.
May such blessing lie in store
And may the future bring much more
Than you can ever hope to share.

Believe you in the answered prayers.
Remember him not with regretful thoughts.
Sadden him not with your grief.
See in death another life.
See it not as a thief.
This life is such a transient thing,
Encounters are so brief.
So hinder not his happy way.
‘Tis but goodbye till another day.
Naught can destroy the love that’s been,
Not even death can intervene.

Other statesmen he has joined,
Ambassadors of Heaven they’ve become,
To link us on earth – to make all men one.
The will of God shall be done.
Brotherhood of love, yet will come.
Peace on Earth, unto everyone.

Elizabeth Anderson 1971


You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived,

You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left

Your heart can be empty because you can't see him
Or you can be full of the love that you shared,

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

 You can remember him and only that he is gone
  Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,

 Or you can cry and close your mind be empty and turn your back
 Or you can do what he would want:
 Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.


Hugs From Heaven
by Charlotte Anselmo

When you feel a gentle breeze
Caress you when you sigh
It's a hug sent from Heaven
From a loved one way up high.

If a soft and tender raindrop
Lands upon your nose
They've added a small kiss
As fragile as a rose.

If a song you hear fills you
With a feeling of sweet love
It's a hug sent from Heaven
From someone special up above.

If you awaken in the morning
To a bluebird's chirping song
It's music sent from Heaven
To cheer you all day long.

When tiny little snowflakes
Land upon your face
It's a hug sent from Heaven
Trimmed with Angel lace.

So keep the joy in your heart
If you're lonely my dear friend
Hugs that are sent from Heaven
A broken heart will mend.

Joshua tattoo on my upper arm!
I did it son!

Josh We miss you so and know you were welcomed to Heaven with open arms


If Tomorrow Starts Without Me

If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you care for me, and how much I care for you,
and each time that you think of me I know you’ll miss me too;

But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready in heaven far above,
and that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,
for all life, I’d always thought I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for and so much yet to do.
it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while,
I’d say goodbye and hug you and maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realised that this could never be,
for emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things that I’d miss come tomorrow.
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through Heaven’s gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity and all I’ve promised you,
Today your life on earth is past but here it’s starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last.
and since each day’s the same, there’s no longing for the past.

But you have been so faithful, so trusting, so true.
Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn’t do.
And you have been forgiven and now at last you’re free.
So won’t you come and take my hand and share my life with me?"

So if tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart,
for every time you think of me, please know I’m in your heart.

                   Author Unknown




Joshua's Grandpa Edwin Otis Delaney - twin

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." (Jn. 5:24)

He that hath the Son hath life; he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." (Jn. 5:12)

"I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." (Jn. 10:28)

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (Jn. 3:16)

           Josh was a soldier killed in the battle called 'Jealousy'   

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Not lost to memory! Not lost to love!
but gone to our Father's house above


First birthday 6/23/83 with Momma Roz


Mondays child is fair of face,

Tuesdays child is full of grace,

Wednesdays child is full of woe,

Thursdays child has far to go,

Fridays child is loving and giving,

Saturdays child works hard for his living,

And the child that is born on the Sabbath day

Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay

A Poem written on another 'Missing You' (with your crazay ways) night

Lord the frustration
It never stops
Man took my son
To you I give the propps

Day in, Day out
My heart does bleed
Mans justice, no good
I still have this need

To hold him, to hug him
Once more I beg
Oh now I know
Could I have a third leg

The result is the same
Prayers up in the air
Never again will I view
His shining black hair

Momma I love you
He told me day to day
Man they did stalk him
and made him their prey

Tall, Stately Proud
others could not understand
I raised him to be
A Beautiful Black Man

Jealousy, Greed, Envy and Strife
Haters built up
They ended up
Taking life

Curs that they are
Running wild in the streets
Racing up lifes highways
Till the day HE they meet

Oh our maker is wise
He is fair to a fault
On the day their life ends
My heartache will halt

Written October 4, 2006
Kay Crawford
mom of
Joshua Delaney My Firstborn Son

Happy Birthday 2006 Josh

Feel no guilt in laughter, he knows how much you care
Feel no sorrow in a smile that he's not here to share
You can not grieve forever, he wouldn't want you to
He'd hope that you can carry on, the way you always do
So talk about the good times, and the ways you showed you cared
The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared 

Let memories surround you.
A word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day
That brings him back as clearly as though he were still here
And fills you with the feelings that he is always near
For if you keep these moments, you will never be apart
And he will live forever locked safe within your heart.

The Bible says that the LORD Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first...Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (First Thessalonians 4:16-18). The Bible instructs us to comfort one another with these words. God will keep His promise! 

God looked around his garden and found an empty place

He then looked down upon the earth and saw your frightened face

He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest

God's garden must be beautiful; He always picks the best

He knew that you were suffering

He knew you were in pain

He knew that you would never get well on earth again

He saw the road was getting rough

And the hills were hard to climb

So He closed your weary eyelids and whispered PEACE BE THINE

It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone

For part of us went with you the day God took you home






Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night.  I miss you like hell. 
Edna St. Vincent Millay

I dropped a tear in the ocean.  The day you find it is the day I will stop missing you. 
Author Unknown
 Goodbye isn't painful unless you're never going to say hello again. 
Author Unknown

Ever absent, ever near;
Still I see thee, still I hear;
Yet I cannot reach thee, dear!
Francis Kazinczy


When I come to the end of the day,
And the sun has set for me.
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little, but not too long,
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love we once shared---
Miss me, but let me go. 


     Lighting the World in memory of our children!

To my sister MOM Beverly Ribaudo-Thank You for the frames !

Thank you all who have lit a candle or left a tribute to my son, you can't know what it means to the family to see

We are FAMILY!



My heart goes out to all that have lost a loved one, for now I too know your pain!

Please keep the love alive and let us know you stopped by.

Light a candle or leave a tribute with your thoughts!

For my June Baby

Happy 25th Birthday Josh
6/23/07 (2 years gone) 


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Smiling Faces (Speaks for Itself)  

Smiling faces sometimes pretend to be your friend
Smiling faces show no traces of the evil that lurks within
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth uh
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof
The truth is in the eyes
Cause the eyes don't lie, amen

Remember a smile is just
A frown turned upside down
My friend let me tell you
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth, uh
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof

Beware, beware of the handshake
That hides the snake
I'm telling you beware
Beware of the pat on the back
It just might hold you back
Jealousy (jealousy)
Misery (misery)
Envy I tell you, you can't see behind smiling faces
Smiling faces sometimes they don't tell the truth
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof
(Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes)
(Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes)

I'm telling you beware, beware of the handshake
That hides the snake
Listen to me now, beware
Beware of that pat on the back
It just might hold you back
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof
Your enemy won't do you no harm
Cause you'll know where he's coming from
Don't let the handshake and the smile fool ya
Take my advice I'm only try' to school ya
Colorado Spgs man gets 33-year sentence in killing  
A reputed Colorado Springs gang member is set to receive a reduced sentence after pleading guilty Thursday to participating in two fatal shootings last year - both while he was out of jail on bond. Under a plea bargain with prosecutors, 30-year-old Carlos "Dulo" Ford will get a 33-year sentence after admitting his involvement in back-to-back slayings that occurred within six weeks of each other. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 29 before 4th Judicial District Judge William Bain. At the time of the killings - which occurred in March and April of 2012 -- Ford was free on $25,000 bond on an aggravated robbery case that was later dismissed, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Jail records show Ford bonded out Dec. 7, 2012, after spending a year in custody. Initially charged with first-degree murder for each shooting, Ford pleaded guilty to manslaughter in one and second-degree murder in the other, eluding the possibility of life in prison without parole. The first slaying occurred March 3, when Virgil "Jason" Means was shot in the back outside the Sin City Disciples motorcycle club on West Vermijo Avenue while in the passenger seat of a fleeing car. An associate of the motorcycle gang, Ford was accused of driving a car that provided cover for at least three shooters who opened fire on Means and his driver, both of whom were unarmed. The plea bargain calls for Ford to serve 10 years in Means' death, with the remaining portion of the sentence stemming from his guilty plea to second-degree murder in the death of Daniel Garcia, whose body was found April 23 in a sport-utility vehicle ditched outside Whispering Pines Apartments, 3050 E. Fountain Blvd. In an arrest warrant, Colorado Springs police said Garcia served in Ford's gang and sold drugs for him. Police allege that Ford terminated their business arrangement in dramatic fashion: By grabbing his employee's gun and shooting him in the face at point-blank range. Standing at a podium with his hands cuffed behind his back, Ford politely answered a judge's questions but didn't provide a detailed explanation of his actions in either shooting. He denied being under the influence of drugs and said he doesn't suffer from mental illness. "Are you pleased with your attorneys?" Bain asked. "Very much so, your honor," went his soft-spoken response, as attorneys Josh Tolini and Jeff Barker stood at his side. Of the four men who were charged with first-degree murder in the Sin City case, two beat murder charges at trial, leading prosecutors to offer plea deals to manslaughter for Ford and the other co-defendant - in what Means' relatives angrily called a travesty of justice. Ford is also awaiting a July 8 sentencing in Federal Court in Denver after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a previous offender. He faces up to six years in federal prison in that case. Last year's killings weren't the first time Ford has landed on police radar on suspicion of murder. In 2005, he was charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Joshua Delaney. All charges were dismissed, however, after the disappearance of an eyewitness. Despite a long record of arrests, Ford has only one prior felony conviction. Within days of Delaney's death, Ford is alleged to have fired a weapon at a man while trying to collect a crack cocaine debt in Colorado Springs. Charged with attempted murder, he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and served most of his six year sentence.

Joshua entered this world on June 23, 1982, two days after  Princess Di had Prince William. Josh was certainly my prince. He was my miracle baby, I was told the year before I could not have children. Although I went on to have two more children, so much for what doctors say. 

Joshua demanded attention from anyone and everyone in the room. He had a wisdom far beyond his young years. He could engage on any subject matter and speak about it with intellect and with much foresight. 

He began to read at 4 years of age, his love of reading never stopped. He read most any books he could get his hands on and retained almost all of what he read.  Also at age 4, he could listen to a song and play it back for  you on his dad's drums. 

Joshua was so loved and wanted as each of my children have been. I had the honor of him being my firstborn. From the time he was pulled from the womb we bonded instantly. He stared intently into my eyes each and everytime I held him. He was such a loving baby. Quick to give a kiss and hug.

In his short time on this earth he enjoyed a good joke, family BBQ's football, boxing, and music. His favortie food was mommas lasagne. 

Joshua was truly a remarkable young man who touched everyone with whom he came in contact with. He was highly opinionated and could prove his point with innate debate skills and alot of little known facts.

His smile would stop your heart, such beautiful pearly whites against his smooth dark chocolate skin. If he was truly tickled his eyes would disappear.

Joshua came by to see me daily, if not I got a call. Before he would leave I always got a big hug and kiss and an 'I love you momma'
Oh how I miss those days now.

The saddest day of my life June 15, 2005 some cold blooded murderers set him up for the kill and shot him four times, each one fatal.

There was a lot of jealousy and hate surrounding Joshua's murder. This website is to let everyone know they killed his body, but NEVER his spirit. Joshua's spirit lives on in me, his brother Matthew, his sister Gabrielle and last but not least his daughter Tahjarae. 
Please let us know  you stopped by and light a candle to let us know you were here.  

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