Nike donates custom Air Jordans after thieves steal from grieving Thornton widow

Widow planned to give late husband's shoes to son

THORNTON, CO - Nike donated four custom Air Jordans after thieves stole 15 pairs from a grieving Thornton widow.

Two months ago, 7NEWS shared the story as Jimica Perea pleaded for information about her late husband's collection of Air Jordans, which were meant to go to his children.

Hondo Morales had died unexpectedly, leaving behind four children under three years old.

"I didn't think things could get any lower," said Perea.

But then, thieves shattered the family's car window and took the shoes.

There is still no sign of the stolen Jordans, but friends started a petition drive to get a custom pair for Morales' oldest son, and hundreds of people signed it.

"People we didn't even know wanted to help, and we are so grateful," said Monica Vargus, Morales' sister.

In the end, Nike let the family design four pairs of Air Jordans, one for each child, Vargus said.

The shoes bear their father's initials and plates that read "RIP Dad" on them.

Perea said it's like having a piece of her husband back.

"I picture the kids doing high school sports, and hopefully, they wear them proudly knowing they have their dad’s initials and dad’s love with them all the time," said Perea.



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