DENVER - One family that suffered a tragic loss hopes to help another family dealing with the loss of a father. The Seymour family is reaching out to the family of Nathan Leon, who was shot and killed by Evan Ebel.
The Seymours lost their son to suicide and set up a scholarship in his name. This year, that money is going to Leon's children.
"I was pretty close with Nathan," John Leon, Nathan Leon's father, said. "If you met Nathan, you knew he was a kind person. If you saw him as a father, then you knew he was special."
All parents are connected in how they love their kids out loud. That love connects the Leons to another family: the parents of Bryan Seymour.
"Bryan was our only son. He was a neat kid," Bryan Seymour's dad, Al Seymour, said. "When Bryan was growing up, he was one of these young kids that could look at something and say, 'I could take that rusty piece of metal and make something out of it.' That was his talent. He just was talented with his hands."
Parents are also connected by the grief they feel when their kids pass away.
"Nothing will ease the pain," John Leon said. "In my mind, 10 times, 100 times a day I'm talking to people in my mind about my son, what I want them to know about my son."
Nathan was 27 and a father of three girls, 4-year-old twins Irelynn and Scotlyn as well as 6-year-old Kaydance.
If Bryan Seymour were here today, he would've been 43. His parents Al and Diana say they aren't sure why he took his own life seven years ago. Five years ago, they were finally well-enough to honor him in the way he would've liked, forming a non-profit and holding the "Bryan Seymour Scholarship Fund Car Show."
"We're all put here for a reason, we all come with a pre-determined expiration date but we don't know what it is," Al Seymour said. "We try to pay forward. That was always Bryan's thing. He was always paying forward because you never [know when] somebody else down the line will give back to you."
For years, the Seymours gave away scholarships to young car enthusiasts like their son. But this year, they had to do something different.
The Seymours said when they first heard the news of Nathan Leon's murder in March; they didn't immediately realize they knew Leon and his family. Leon's mom is their next door neighbor.
But when they did figure out their connection, the family said they had to help.
"I wanted to do something for those kids," Diana Seymour said. She's Bryan's step-mom.
"They chose Nathan's daughters to receive the scholarships this year," Leon's father said. "I just thought it was really nice of them."
"We lost and they lost and it's two families coming together," Diana Seymour said. "We're celebrating lives is what we're doing."
Saturday July 13, the Seymours are holding their annual Bryan Seymour Scholarship Fun Car Show.
They already gave Leon's three girls scholarships, but say the proceeds from the Saturday event will also go to the family.
Bryan Seymour Scholarship Fund Car Show
DOWN IN THE WEEDS # 5
JULY 13, 2013
TIME: 8:00-5:00 P.M.
Location: 14661 GARFIELD ST
WALK-INS ALWAYS WELCOMED
STREET MACHINES, STREET RODS,
RAT RODS, LOW RIDERS,
ENTRY FEE: DONATION
This year the scholarship fund is being donated to the three daughters of Nathan (Nate) Leon, Nate was the young man that was killed in a robbery delivering pizza one day a week to make extra for his family.
Nate was a graduate of Northglenn High School. A college fund has been established. Plan on attending this year's car show
JULY 13, 2013
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