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Brother: Man found shot to death outside Colorado Springs home involved in 'altercation' at club

April 13, 2017 Updated: April 14, 2017 at 6:57 am
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Alton Kelly. Photo from Facebook published with permission from family.

Noel King has faith law enforcement will find his brother's killer.

Alton Kelly, 25, was gunned down early Wednesday outside his family home at 836½ E. Vermijo Ave., King said.

Neither Colorado Springs police nor the El Paso County Coroner have released the identity of the man whose body was found off an unnamed alley in the 800 block of Vermijo Avenue. The death has not been ruled a homicide, but investigators have said it is considered suspicious. No arrests have been announced.

"What's done in the dark will come to the light," King promised.

Kelly was out with his girlfriend Tuesday celebrating one of her friends' birthday when there "was an altercation," King said. Details of the fight were muddy, but something rattled Kelly, King said.

Shortly before 3 a.m., Kelly called his oldest brother, William, worried, but the call dropped mid-conversation. When William drove to the house minutes later, he found Kelly sprawled in the yard with a gunshot wound to the head, King said.

"I'm still at a loss for words," King said.

Kelly, the youngest of five siblings, had been struggling the past few years, King admitted.

In September 2014, Kelly and a friend were driving in the 1400 block of East Cheyenne Road when a passing vehicle peppered the vehicle with bullets. One of the bullets grazed Kelly's buttocks, King said.

Two months later, Kelly was busted for marijuana possession and sentenced to probation. Then their mother died in 2015.

Just shy of a year later, one of Kelly's best friends, Jesse Garcia, 23, was shot and killed during a road rage incident. No charges were filed in the shooting.

"He didn't handle it well," King said, explaining the downward spiral of drugs, "partying," wrong crowds and unemployment that followed.

"We all make stupid mistakes, but Alton had heart," King said.

Kelly was a doting father of two girls. He had graduated from Harrison High School, where he played football. He started on a business management degree at Colorado State University at Pueblo before dropping out to support his first daughter.

"He had a bright future," King said.

Their last conversation Monday gave him the most hope, King said. He'd invited Kelly to lunch "to motivate him to get up" but was told his brother was leaving to work a contracting job with their grandfather.

A smile broke across King's face: "I was like 'Even better. Go, go.'"

"He could bring that light to your darkness," King said. "I don't want to say that light has gone out, but how else can I look at it?"

Friends posting on a Facebook page King said belonged to his brother expressed shock and sadness following the death. Many of them called for an end to all deaths in the city, which some described as "getting closer and closer" to them.

If ruled a homicide, Kelly would be the city's 10th. This time last year, there hadn't been any.

"Enough is enough. We need to come together in this community and make this a better place for all of us," King said, echoing those sentiments. "It didn't have to go this route.

"Alton was a great kid, Brother, God bless your soul."

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Contact Kaitlin Durbin: 636-0362

Twitter: @njKaitlinDurbin

Facebook: Kaitlin Durbin

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