A 23-year-old homicide victim whose body was found in an abandoned building in Peyton last weekend came to Colorado having already battled what can be a deadly disease.
Lawrence Gloster II was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 15, which “changed him a lot,” said his mother, Theresa Gloster. He moved from Florida to Colorado about a year ago for a job with a hemp business, fed up with doctor’s visits and treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation and a stem cell transplant, she said. He left his family a note, thanking them and telling them he needed to live.
“Then, things just fell apart,” she said.
The hemp business failed, and Lawrence moved from place to place in Colorado Springs, she said. He was occasionally homeless.
“I don’t know what he ran into. I don’t know what he did to survive, but he’s a good kid with a good heart,” said Theresa Gloster, who lives in Florida.
His body was found Saturday in the 21800 block of East U.S. 24, just west of Ellicott Highway, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
His death was ruled a homicide, but authorities have declined to say how he died.
His mother said she often asked him to come home, and they were in frequent contact - usually when Lawrence could borrow a phone from an acquaintance. When they spoke, Lawrence talked about the beauty of his new home.
“No matter how down he was, he always saw the beauty around him,” Theresa Gloster said. He was adventurous, she said. As a kid, he was “always on his bike and exploring,” and he loved outdoor sports.
She last heard from him April 5, when he called to tell her where he was staying and to ask if she could order him a pizza, something he did occasionally when he didn’t have money for food.
His mother wasn’t sure of the status of his cancer when he died, although she said she wishes he would have kept up with his treatments.
Lawrence leaves behind a wife, whom he married at 19. She stayed in Florida for work when he moved to Colorado, Theresa Gloster said. He had two older brothers and a younger sister, and the family lived in Pennsylvania before moving to Florida.
“He just wanted to live,” his mother said. “He wanted to live life to the fullest, and experience, and it pulled him down the wrong roads, I think.”
No arrests have been announced in Gloster’s death.
The Sheriff’s Office is “urging the community to be vigilant” during this ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 390-5555.
Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198