Joshua Jerome Delaney’s mother tried to save him by getting him out of the state. Kay Crawford knew if Delaney fell back into the crowd he’d been running with, bad things would happen.
“He got into something he could not get out of,” Crawford said. Delaney was shot to death early Wednesday when a man fired into the SUV he was driving in a southeast Colorado Springs neighborhood. Colorado Springs police hadn’t made any arrests in the case Thursday. Delaney, 22, was released from prison in April, Crawford said. He’d served his sentence for a felony obstructing justice conviction. He had helped wipe evidence from a car that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash in December 2000 that left one 12-year-old Colorado Springs girl dead and another girl injured. The driver, Jeremy T. Brown — a gang member with a street name “Murder G” — was found guilty of vehicular homicide and is serving a 10-year prison sentence. As a boy, Delaney had big dreams. In a 1988 Gazette article featuring the future class of 2000, a 6-year-old Delaney said he wanted to go to Yale University. The Jefferson Elementary School student said he planned to be a lawyer, as his mother wanted. “Josh got mixed up with the wrong crowd in high school,” Crawford said. “It didn’t change the way he was with his family.” Delaney dropped out of Wasson High School during his junior year, according to Colorado Springs School District 11 officials. He was arrested several times on drug charges in 2000 and 2001, court records show. He was sentenced to prison on the felony in June 2002. Crawford said her son completed his GED while in prison and was trying to turn his life around. “He told me he had just picked up a registration packet for Pikes Peak Community College,” she said. “He wanted to make a new life for him and his baby.” Delaney cared deeply for his 4-year-old daughter, Tahjaree, and had her live with him once he was out on probation. He tried to find a job, Crawford said, but “you know what people feel about convicted felons.” “He was a very giving person,” said Crawford, who added Delaney called her every day to see how she was doing. “There was nothing Josh would deny you if he cared about you.” Crawford said she tried to talk probation officials into letting him leave the state, knowing he might get in trouble again if he stayed in Colorado Springs. “The state wouldn’t let me get him out of here,” Crawford said. “I did not feel good about him being here.” CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0110 or firstname.lastname@example.org