Teen who killed good samaritan at Crestwood Starbucks attends memorial service

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Posted on March 5, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 5 at 6:47 PM

(KMOV)-- It's been two years since a good samaritan was killed trying to recover money stolen from a tip jar at a Crestwood Starbucks.

A memorial service was held for Roger Kreutz at the Starbucks Friday afternoon. Ashes were spread over a memorial tree.

 Aaron Poisson served 9 months in jail for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kreutz in the Starbucks parking lot. The day he got out of jail, he met with Roger's brother, Chris.

 

 That was the beginning of a healing process that took another big step Friday. A tearful Poisson said he wasn't sure if coming to the memorial was the right thing to do, but ultimately, he decided it was.

The Kreutz family's invitation to join them in a memorial service and spreading Roger's ashes around a tree planted in his honor touched him greatly.

Aaron's father, Gary, attended a similar memorial one year ago. Dozens of friends joined Kreutz's siblings at the memorial service, that, along with the Kreutz family's inspiring generosity is certainly a tribute to the life of Roger Kreutz.

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