Created: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:47:00 MST
Updated: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:18:53 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The community continues to mourn the death of 47-year-old Randy Cook. He was found dead by a gunshot wound in the early morning hours of the New Year.
Friends and family of Cook say he was kind and giving. People from all parts of the country visited Grand Junction this week to celebrate his life. On Thursday, a construction crew began work on one of Cook’s unfinished projects, doing so free of charge. All funds from the project will go to Cook's children. They say they are doing it because he would have done the same for them.
One of the supervisors of the project, Chad Weaver, says he’s known Cook for many years, "He was a real great guy, he'd do anything for anybody."
"Giving, caring, he was a good man,” said another supervisor, Kevin Trumbo.
Cook was a father, a brother, a son and a friend.
Darren Cook, one of Randy’s older brothers, said, "We all have an empty hole, and I mean, it's a big hole that we're trying to figure out how to heal."
Hundreds attended his memorial service, remembering a man who impacted so many lives.
"How his smile always lit up the room, just what a gentle person he was,” said Darren. How deeply he loved his family, "His biggest joy in the world was his kids, that's probably the main thing that kept coming up over and over with the speakers at the celebration of his life."
There's also pain in how senseless of a tragedy it was.
"I'm angry. Because I don't know why it happened,” said Trumbo.
"We're still trying to wrap our head around how it could happen and why it happened,” Darren said.
Family members say they know detectives are working around the clock, but they want justice.
"We're trying to figure out why no one is in jail for this," said Darren.
They've created a Facebook page to try and get answers, "Any way for the police department to gather information, to hopefully put together a case on this tragedy,” Darren said.
Family and friends are taking it one day at a time. Through the pain they are gathering strength from one another and celebrating the life of man who touched so many lives.
So far, there have been no arrests in the case.
The Cook family has setup a fund in Randy’s memory that will go towards his three children’s education. Donations to the fund can be made to the following:
225 North 5th Street
Grand Junction, Colorado