Steps

 

Leah gave her life on the third step of the BasilicaImage

of the Immaculate Conception. She was brought into a life of the sex trade in Denver at 16. A pimping predator- gave her gifts at a coffee house she hung out at on East Colfax. After a time she tried to escape her “owner.” Early one morning she ran to escape and was stabbed 17 times on the third step of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Two lines in the Denver Post announced the crime.

 

Steps
Posted By: Richard Beattie

On the steps

we won’t forget

feelings of dread

and regret

 

On the steps

we’ll reflect

about the life

that was given on these steps.

 

Adopted into this world

a bright and beautiful girl

and bound to live a life of tragedy

 

The prime suspect

predator-

took her in

and used for slavery

 

On the steps

fingerprints

of a suspect never found

 

On the steps

darkness prince

crushed and left her

on the grounds

of the cathedral.

 

Imaculate conception

contrasting in our minds

On these steps we commit her soul

 

In stark reflection

we don’t know what we’ll find

as her blood cries out from the cold

 

On these steps- the third row

cleaned up, stained glass for the show

Doubled over,

never recovered

blessed mother of the girl. who died on these steps.