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

A family photo of Kristine Kirk. Additional images, a video and more below.
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)

Richard Kirk in a photo from his Facebook page.
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:

Another photo of Kris and the boys shared by the Denver DA's office.
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."

Kris and her youngest on Halloween.
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.

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