Denver man receives kidney donated by family friend killed in California

DENVER -- A tragic story has led to a heartwarming ending for a Denver family.

Joe Benevides is recovering from kidney surgery. He had been needing a transplant for more than three years.

Benevides’ donor is Brian Guzman, who is married to Benevides’ niece. Guzman died after he was brutally assaulted in California. Guzman was an organ donor who turned out to be a perfect match for Benevides.

"Someone so close to our family had to pass away in order for him to get this kidney. That's really what stuck to me. That's why I wanted to get Brian's story out there: to help his family. We could never repay them for making the decision they did," said Christina Benevides, Joe's daughter.

The suspect in Guzman's killing is now in custody.

A GoFundMe account has been established for the Guzman family.

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