Colorado mom of 4 killed by boyfriend in murder-suicide

The Colorado mother, Clarissa Ford, had a child as young as 5 months old

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A Colorado family will never be the same again. A young mother of four was killed by her boyfriend last Friday in what police are calling a domestic incident.

Police responded to a call to the 300 block of 24th St. in Five Points where they discovered the lifeless body of Clarissa Ford. Ford was shot by her boyfriend who then turned the gun on himself. She was just 33-years old and a mother of four girls. One of her daughters was only 5-months-old and her 8-year-old daughter was present at the time of the shooting. Her other children are aged 14 and 2.

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“That memory is going to stick with her for a long time,” Ralph Ford, her father, told Fox Denver. “When I broke down, she was patting me on the back saying, ‘Hey, Papa Ralph, it’s going to be OK.’ She’s my inspiration. She’s why I have to be strong.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe to help pay for the funeral expenses and to support the needs of the children.

Colorado mother Clarissa Ford
Clarissa Ford and daughters (Credit: GoFundMe)

“On Friday, September 4, 2020, Clarissa Ford was violently murdered by her boyfriend,” wrote her sister Joyce Ford on the GoFundMe page. “The horrific act of violence has left the family devastated and in a lot of emotional pain.”

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The description continues to say, “the family was not prepared for the high cost of a funeral, and during this time where everything is so difficult for many people, this has been extremely hard. I am reaching out to ask that anyone who can donate, please do.”

“Clarissa was a beautiful young woman, 33 years old with four lovely daughters. She dedicated her life to helping others and now she is in need.”

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