Friends celebrate life of man killed during fight in Aurora

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AURORA, Colo. -- A man who was shot during a fight in a parking lot in Aurora on Saturday morning died from his injuries. On Saturday night, his friends came together to celebrate his life.

Friends and co-workers at The Emerald Isle on Parker Road in Aurora said 29 year-old Kelly Acosta was taken away too soon.

"He saved my bar," The Emerald Isle owner Melanie Calkins said. "Business was slow, he came in and brought it back. He touched the hearts of everyone that comes in the door. People come here for him, he's got so many people that love him."

The Emerald Isle did not plan on shutting down Saturday, but it did and invited only those who knew and loved Acosta. The parking lot was packed as hundreds of people swarmed to the place Acosta loved so much.

"Since I got the news I got on the first flight," Acosta's best friend Brittany Allen said after arriving from Nashville, Tenn. "He is one of the most amazing people you would ever meet. He would do anything for anyone."

Friends said that helping is what ultimately led to Acosta being shot. They said as he was getting home from work, he heard an argument between a man and woman, tried to step in to help and was shot.

Police said they responded to the 4000 block of South Crystal Circle at 4:25 a.m. Acosta was taken to a hospital where he died.

They did not have any other information to release about what happened, including a description of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 303-739-6041 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.