Update: Last month, we told you about the murder of young mom Jessica Lyn Reese and the arrest of Charles Anthony for the crime; see our previous coverage below.
We've just learned that Reese was the sister-in-law of Jim Narcy, who has worked as a photographer for Westword.
Narcy tells us about a benefit event tomorrow, March 20, at Tennyson's Tap, 435 38th Avenue, complete with music, prizes and more. The proceeds are earmarked for Jessica's daughters, Hannah and BennieJo.
Information about the event is below, followed by our original report. In the meantime, we send our sincere condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Jessica Lyn Reese.
Party With Purpose
Jessica Lyn Reese Memorial and Benefit for her daughters Hannah and BennieJo
March 20, 2016
Bring the whole family to be entertainment and inspired. Performances by Mile High Soul Club, acoustic set by Aaron Howell (of MF Ruckus/White Fudge), Fi, and Danny Vegas with Michael Hornbuckle to close out the event. Through out the day $1,000 of prizes and gift cards will be raffled off courtesy of all the kind hearted neighborhood businesses that have made generous donations.
Event starts at 4:00 p.m. welcoming all ages until the sun goes down and will end around 9-ish. $10 suggested donation at the door. However, no one will be turned away. Tennyson's Tap is located at 4335 38th Ave. Denver, CO 80212.
Original post, 9:22 a.m. February 11: Jessica Lyn Reese was the loving mom of two adorable kids, Hannah and Bennie Jo.
Now, her loved ones are raising funds to care for the children.
Why? Reese, 29, was stabbed to death in an Aurora condominium — and Charles Bowman Anthony, who was at the residence when police arrived, is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Reese's Facebook page sports photos aplenty of her with the kids, including the image at the top of this post, as well as several portraits.
Here's one example....
Then, this week, the unimaginable happened.
At 8:56 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9, according to the Aurora Police Department, officers were called to the Cherry Grove East condominiums.
The reason: a welfare check.
The officers headed to apartment C1 in the sprawling complex, located at 14434 East 1st Drive.
There, they found Reese, who was declared dead at the scene.
The coroner's office subsequently determined that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.
Also at the location was a man later ID'd as Anthony, age 36.
Thus far, no details about the relationship between Anthony and Reese have been shared — although they were Facebook friends.
At first, Anthony was considered a person of interest.
A day later, however, he was placed under arrest for murder.
He's currently being held without bond in Arapahoe County Jail.
In the meantime, memorials to Reese have begun to pop up on social media. This morning, for example, the March Against Monsanto-Colorado page posted this:
Jessica Lyn Reese was an early friend and supporter of us in the activities that led to where we are today. Her kindness and positive outlook helped us get to where we are today. She was the first vendor at our first healthy families local food fest and actively demonstrated through her actions a deep desire to be the change. Her life has been tragically taken. I would ask that all that support us show support for her family and two very young children. Please donate and share this where ever you can. Thank you.
The item links to a GoFundMe page created on behalf of Jessica's kids.
The introduction to the page reads:
During this time of transition, there will be daily financial needs that will need to be provided to Hannah and Bennie Jo. Making sure that they do not suffer the necessities in life could be your way of helping out in this time of need. Simple things like food, clothing, school supplies and extra-curricular activities are the trademarks of a normal life – please help us in providing a financially supported situating/settling period for Robin Deinken (Jessica’s mother) and Steve Narcy (Hannah and Bennie Jo’s father) to adjust to the new responsibilities and demands of their lives.
Your donation large or small will make a huge difference.
At this writing, $1,000 has been pledged toward a goal of $10,000. For more information, click here.
Our sincere condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Jessica Lyn Reese. Look below to see Anthony's booking photo.