Tom Clements' widow calls night of his murder 'unmentionable darkness' in CNN interview

DENVER - The widow of assassinated Colorado prison director Tom Clements called the night of his murder "unmentionable darkness."

A portion of the CNN interview with anchor Anderson Cooper was provided to 7NEWS, which is a CNN affiliate.

In the excerpt, Lisa Clements was asked what she would want people to know about her husband.

"There's a scripture that talks about when darkness over takes the godly, light comes bursting through. And I think that that scripture captures exactly what I would like people to know about Tom," she replied.

Clements was shot in the chest around 8:45 p.m. on March 19 when answering the door of his home on the 17400 block of Colonial Park Drive in Monument. El Paso County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jeff Kramer said it was reported to 911 by a family member.

In the interview, the widow described the night of the murder as one of those dark moments that her husband's legacy should rise above.

"That horrific night, you know the sound of that doorbell and all that happened, it was just unmentionable darkness. But I trust that people will see light come through, that they'll see that it he lived a good life and people's lives were impacted by that," she said.

Two days after Clements' murder, the suspect Evan Ebel was fatally wounded during a shootout with authorities in Texas. Ebel, a member of a white supremacist gang who was paroled four years early due to a court error, is also a suspect in the murder of moonlighting pizza delivery driver Nate Leon.

Ebel may have used some of Leon's Domino's Pizza gear in the murder of Clements, according to an ABC News report.

Clements was widely recognized for cracking down on prison gangs but, according to Gov. John Hickenlooper, also worked hard on reforming the use of solitary confinement. Ebel spent the majority of his incarcerated time in solitary confinement.

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