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Annual Courage Walk an opportunity for crime victims to join together

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By Deborah Swearingen

Despite moving out of state, Tiffany Segura and her family return to Colorado every year for the Jefferson County Courage Walk.

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For Segura, the annual walk is a means of healing and way to remember her 2-year-old son, Donny Ro’Mello Romero, who was murdered in Lakewood in 2015. Last Saturday, she and a large group of family and friends made the short trek around the Jefferson County courthouse to the on-site courage garden, carrying flowers and a large banner honoring Donny.

“This is our only way to celebrate him,” she said, noting there is something special about being surrounded by a group of other crime victims.

“You just get that bond,” Segura added.

Segura’s niece, Alex Olguin, joined the family for the walk, remembering the loss of Donny as a tremendous blow to the family.

“Every day we try to live for him and keep his memory alive,” she said.

The Courage Walk is held annually during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Victim advocates and other supporters join crime victims, families and loved ones for a walk followed by a short service to recognize crime victims across Jefferson County. The walk serves as a means of recovery and healing for those involved. It’s free to attend, but many pledge money that goes toward victim services in Jeffco. This year, on the walk’s 25th anniversary, nearly $4,000 was raised.

After the walk’s conclusion, Doug Good Feather of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation led the crowd in a native prayer. He also serves as executive director of the Lakota Way Healing Center, a Denver-based nonprofit aiming to help people with trauma, illnesses and more through Native American spirituality.

“A lot of trauma is instilled in the body and the memory and the spirit and the heart,” Good Feather told the crowd gathered in the sunshine. “But I want you to know that you can come through this traumatic experience and live a good life and take courage from those things.”

As the event came to an end, the names of Jeffco crime victims — both recent and from decades past — were read by Lakewood Police Chief Dan McCasky. White doves were released into the bright blue sky as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” played softly in the background.

There were sniffles and tears from many in attendance who found peace and healing from the doves’ synchronized flight.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.