ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – There was an outpouring of support for the family of a father gunned down last spring on Saturday.
Police believe parolee Evan Ebel shot and killed Nathan Leon and Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements in March. Now another family touched by loss is giving back to the Leon children.
On Saturday hot cars and bikes were part of an important benefit. It was called the “Down in the Weeds Benefit,” and money raised from the event each year goes to a well-deserving child.
“We started giving scholarship funds away to a graduating senior,” event organizer Alden Seymour said. “We like to give the money away to some young deserving graduate that’s going to go in the automotive field.”
This year the money goes to Leon’s three children. The benefit was started by Seymour and his wife in honor of their now deceased son Bryan. When they heard of Leon’s story they wanted to do something for his children.
“I said, ‘You know, hands down there’s three little girls that need something.’ And so we decided to donate last year’s proceeds and hopefully some of this year’s proceeds will go to them also,” Seymour said.
“He was trying to start a little bit of a fund of his own for his kids and this will go a long way to help them hopefully go to college,” Leon’s father John Leon said.
The Seymours work all year long every year since Bryan passed to raise money for the benefit. The money is then given as a college scholarship to a deserving student. It’s something that Bryan would have wanted them to do.
“We always try to pay it forward. Bryan’s thing was always to pay forward and try to help somebody. If somebody needed help, he was there.” Seymour said.
The annual event is often well attended. Many people come out to see the hot rods all while helping a local student.
“When they become of age and they want to go to college that money will be there ready for them,” Seymour said.
Leon’s three children were presented a check at the benefit.