Community gathers in Palisade at vigil for Jensen boys

By: Brian Shlonsky Email
By: Brian Shlonsky Email

Friday, the community banded together, remembering two young lives that were lost too early.

They were only two and four years old when they died, but Tyler and William Jensen touched the lives of many.

"They were like very energetic and always loved to play outside," Malisa Elliot, the boys’ babysitter, said.

For some, the candlelight vigil held in Riverbend Park was a chance to remember the good times.

"Those kids were like little brothers to me, they've fallen asleep in my arms plenty of times, I've fallen asleep with them plenty of times, playing cards with them on the coffee table," said Billy, who was friends with Tyler and William's father, Eric Jensen, who was killed in a car accident on October 10.

“At least they're with him, they were always daddy's kids, when he was home they were always with him,” he said.

For others it was a chance to look ahead to the next step, raising money for the family.

"These people need all the help they can get in this situation, I'm unemployed currently, but tonight I'm going to donate $100 out of my own pocket, and I hope the community can match that," Jeff Cook, who is friends with the boys’ step- grandfather, said.

But for friends and family, standing side by side with their neighbors, lighting candles was a way to heal and know they aren't grieving alone.

"It shows that there's other people out there that are there for us, even if they didn't know the boys," Elliot said.

Thursday, Tyler and William's family learned that they must pay a $5,000 fee in order to file an injunction in the battle for custody over their bodies.

You can donate to the "Tyler William Jensen Memorial Fund" at any U.S. Bank branch.

Dnations can also be made at different locations around tow, such as:
- O'Reilly Auto Parts, Clifton
- Naggy McGee's Irish Pub, Grand Junction
- Munchies Pizza & Deli, Fruita
- Judy's Family Restaurant, Fruita
- Palisade Cafe and Grill, Palisade


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