Friends and family remember slain teen

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Friends and family gather to remember a Prestonsburg teen that was murdered.

Police say 27 year-old Alex Muniz shot and killed James Michael Crowe in Versailles back in April.

On Monday, dozens honored Crowe on the Prestonsburg High School football field, where his grandmother says his dream of playing in the pros one day was born.

His mother told me they wanted to not only celebrate "Mikey's" life, but also the day he was born. Crowe would have turned 19 today.

More than one month has passed since Linda Crowe lost her son.

"It's very hard, very hard," said Crowe.

She says she could never imagine she would be reflecting on his life at a time she says it was just starting.

"He enjoyed life. He really did. He was a good kid," said Crowe.

Patricia Crider is Crowe's grandmother, and she says this was the toughest month of her life. But adds that the outpouring of love and support from friends has helped.

"When something like this happens, you really find out who your friends are. It's good to see all the people that came out to celebrate his birthday," said Crider.

She says the football field was the right place to remember her oldest grandson, who dreamed of playing professionally one day.

"He's dreamed big and he couldn't dream bigger than it is today," said Crider.

She says she believes those dreams will be realized in a different place.

"I don't mean to get emotional, but the things he didn't complete here I believe that he's completing in heaven," said Crider.

"Hope he's in a better place. there's no hope there, he is in a better place," said Crowe.

Crider says the family will start a foundation in Crowe's honor, and call it the James Michael Crowe Football Dream Foundation.

Muniz is scheduled to be arraigned in Woodford County Circuit Court for murder on Wednesday.

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