Funeral held Friday for teen found buried in Weld County field

6:00 PM, Sep 16, 2011   |    comments
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Funeral services for Kenia Monge began at 11 a.m. at Glory to Glory Church in Aurora.

Her family spoke of the painful loss at her funeral.

"Kenia is an angel that God decided to take to his presence," said Kenia's mother Maria at the funeral.

"I thank God that he gave her to us for the years she was here," said her father, Tony Lee. "I thank God for what impact she is going to have on us even as she has left us."

Police say the self-proclaimed suspect Travis Forbes confessed to her murder and led investigators to her body.
Monge was reported missing April 1 after leaving a Denver nightclub. Forbes faces one count of first-degree murder in her death.

Forbes allegedly told investigators that on the morning Monge disappeared, he dropped off his friend, then Forbes and Monge got into a fight and he killed her.

Monge was last seen with Forbes at a Denver gas station off Speer Boulevard. Earlier that evening, she became separated from her friends after a night of clubbing on Market Street in Denver.

"It is my goal, that ten years from now, everyone will know Kenia Monge's name and no one will remember the animal that took her away," said Tasha Morris, board member of the newly formed Kenia Monge Foundation.

The Foundation's goals are to educate women on self-defense to prevent violent crimes. It will also raise money for families of violent murder victims. For more information, visit

Forbes is being held in Larimer County where he is charged with attempted first-degree murder. Forbes is suspected of beating and sexually assaulting a woman in Fort Collins and setting fire to her apartment on July 5.

He will appear in court in Denver on Sept. 23.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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