Woman killed by wrong way driver honored by friends Wednesday night

Jennifer 'Kush' remembered by friends

DENVER - Friends of a young woman killed by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 25 last week gathered at Hoodlab Wednesday night in her honor.

Jennifer Friede, known as Jenny "Kush" to her friends came to Colorado to start a chapter of Moms for Marijuana.

She is being remembered tonight as a tireless advocate for the marijuana movement.

“Everything she touched in this state, she did 101 percent,” said “Wayward” Bill Chengelis, chairman of the U.S. Marijuana Party. “She was dedicated to the community.”

Today, many of Kush’s friends dyed their hair purple because Kush often dyed her hair that color.

“She did all kinds of fun colors in her hair,” said Elizabeth Lopez, owner of Rising Phoenix Salon in Lakewood. “But she did love the color purple.  She loved rainbows, unicorns and stars.”

“She was just a wonderful, vibrant person,” said Laura Leathem, host of a show on iCanibus radio. “We met two years ago at the capitol while advocating for marijuana.  She loved being around people, loved making people laugh and smile.”

Kush was killed Saturday when a driver going the wrong way on the I-25 HOV lanes slammed head on into a car Kush was riding in. Police arrested Rebecca Maez in connection with that crash. Maez is facing charges of vehicular homicide and Driving under the Influence.

“The irony is pretty blatant,” said Miguel Lopez, one of Kush’s many friends. “She tried to educate people about the difference between marijuana and alcohol.”

“People are sick and tired of DUIs and the belief that marijuana is as dangerous as alcohol,” Elizabeth Lopez said. “She fought against that, and look what took her,”

Wednesday night, friends celebrating Kush’s life at Hoodlab at 34th and Larimer Streets.

“You’re going to see so much love in that room it will just blow you away,” Chengelis told 7NEWS.

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