Friends celebrate good Samaritan’s life on anniversary of his death

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AURORA, Colo. -- Friends of a good Samaritan killed in his apartment complex parking lot one year ago gathered at the bar he worked at to celebrate his life and remind everyone police are still searching for his killer.

Kelly Acosta was shot and killed one year ago when he tried to stop a man from assaulting a woman in the parking lot of his apartment complex.

Investigators are still looking for answers as to who killed him. The reward for information into his death is up to $27,000.

His friend Timothy Robles said it's not surprising to know Acosta died trying to help someone. It was the way he always lived his life.

"You can't be bitter about the fact that he did the right thing so that’s why we are celebrating more than mourning," Robles said.

His friends said the past year has been frustrating. They want to know who took Acosta away from them and want to see the perpetrator brought to justice.

"I just feel the frustration that everyone else feels not having answers and it’s been a year now and it’s heartbreaking that we don’t have any justice," Brittany Allen said.

Allen said Acosta was warm and welcoming. In the wake of his death, he left behind a supportive network of friends. Allen said he was responsible for bringing them all together.

"We are a huge support family and Kelly created that family. I wouldn’t have any of these people in my life if it weren’t for him," Allen said.

"No one ever says Kelly was a friend. They all say he was my best friend and no one ever said they liked Kelly, they said they loved Kelly. So that is the kind of impact that man made in a lot of lives," Robles said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Aurora Police Department or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.