Crime

Kayleah Wilson mourners aren't distracted by shocking arrest of Robert Laurencio Montoya

The confirmation of twelve-year-old Greeley resident Kayleah Wilson's death transformed a Facebook page focusing on her safe return from a beacon of hope to a loving memorial.

And that's remained the case despite the unsettling news that Robert Laurencio Montoya, eighteen, has been arrested and charged with sex abuse, for reportedly having a sexual relationship with the young girl beginning last October.

At this point, the messages on the Prayers For Kayleah Wilson's Safe Return page remain focused on the loss, with mentions of Montoya kept to a minimum. And that's also true of the memories left on the Kayleah page assembled by Stoddard Funeral Home in advance of her memorial service, scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at Greeley's Clarion Hotel. Some sample messages:

Dearest Kayleah: although I didn't get to meet you this side of Heaven,You have left a lasting impression upon me, and I look forward to meeting you on Heaven's bright shore.

Kayleah, You have taught me so much about life. We know you are looking down upon us with your beautiful smile. God have a very special angel now. Love you Kayleah. Till I get to meet you. The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Kayleah, although I didn't know you, I am friends with Jessica's mom, Michelle. April and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.

May the love of your family and friends get you through this time of grief.

Kayleah Janelle Wilson. I did not know you. But I know your cousin Atoinette/ She is my friend. Jesus has taken you home. You are in Our Saviours Arms Now. He will Love You

I am a Mother of a Missing Adult Son and so I have been following Kayleah's Story. My Thoughts & Prayers go out to All of The Family & Friends and I Hope that Wonderful Memories will Help Heal You During this Time of Loss! You are a "Beautiful Angel" Kayleah!!!

The notes come from all over the country: Minnesota, Maine, New York, Florida, etc. Clearly, Kayleah's story has had an impact from coast to coast -- and thanks to the unexpectedly lurid information that's already come out regarding Montoya, that's likely to remain the case for some time to come.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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