100 family, friends remember man killed by trooper

Several of the mourners who spoke during Tuesday’s memorial service for Jason Kemp referred to the Grand Junction man’s death as murder.

Kemp, 31, was shot and killed July 20 in what multiple witnesses described as a confrontation between Colorado State Patrol troopers and Kemp at the doorway of a Redlands home. Family and friends said Kemp was a river-loving free spirit who aimed to better himself and always was quick to help others.

“... On the day of his murder, I’m sure he would have helped people further ... ,” Kemp’s brother, Roger, told mourners Tuesday while reading a poem he said he wrote in his brother’s honor.

Roughly 100 people turned out for a celebration of Kemp’s life at the auditorium of Canyon View Vineyard Church in Grand Junction.

“His murder was unjustified,” Roger Kemp added in the poem.

Ian Olson, who served as a pallbearer for his slain friend Tuesday, told The Daily Sentinel last week that Kemp was unarmed when he was hit by pepper spray and shot after Kemp had refused to open the front door for troopers at 103 Glade Park Road, unit B.

Authorities have declined comment on Olson’s claims and have refused to answer questions about incident, citing ongoing investigations.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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