While the parents of Kenia Monge are still hoping to get answers about their daughter's whereabouts from Travis Forbes, the last person known to have seen her on April 1, offers of help for Lydia Tillman, the Fort Collins woman Forbes has been charged with attempting to murder and sexually assaulting, keep pouring in.
Pouring in so fast, in fact, that the Fort Collins Police Department just released this statement from the family:
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"Lydia continues to fight for her life just as she did the night she was brutally attacked. Her strength and courage has made a difference in the world, she is a hero! Lydia's loving spirit is what makes her special to all who know her. Lydia loves expanding her world through travel, she enjoys the outdoors, and being surrounded by her family.
Since this is an ongoing investigation, the family will not answer any questions related to that dreadful night of the case itself. We would like to make this statement so that any fundraising events will proceed without the presence of the media or press. Please respect our privacy and the sensitivity in this matter."
Among the fundraisers: a wine-tasting (suggested donation $10) from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, at Old Town Liquors, 214 South College Avenue in Fort Collins, which will offer three wines from the Natural Wine Co., a Denver-based wine distributor where Tillman had been working since moving back to northern Colorado a few months ago. The suggested donation is $10, and $2 from every bottle of Natural Wine Co. wine sold will go to Tillman's medical expenses.
Early on July 5, Fort Collins police officers and firefighters got reports of smoke at an apartment at 1202 Pomona Street. Police believe Forbes assaulted Tillman -- and poured bleach on her -- before setting the blaze. She had to jump from the second-story window in order to escape, and is still in the hospital, recuperating.
Within a week, Forbes, who'd gone to Texas after Monge's disappearance, then returned to Colorado, had been charged in connection with the case.