DENVER - Domino's Pizza has added $5,000 to the reward fund for information that will help police locate and prosecute the person(s) responsible for the death of Nathan Collin Leon.
That Crime Stoppers fund now totals $7,000.
Leon disappeared from work in Denver during a delivery run from a Denver Domino's at 40th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard around noon Sunday. His body was found six hours later on the other side of town at 151 S. Rooney Rd. in Golden by a man flying model airplanes. Police found his car near 50th Avenue and Forest Street, which is where he was supposed to make the delivery.
After completing an autopsy, the Denver Medical Examiner announced Tuesday that Leon, 27, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds. It was a homicide.
Leon's family wants to know why someone killed the devoted family man who delivered pizza as a second job on weekends because he wanted the best for his wife and three kids, including their twin 4-year-old daughters.
“Losing a child is bad enough,” said Nathan’s father, John Leon. “Losing them in a violent way is just unbelievable.”
John Leon told 7NEWS that his last moments with his son will remain embedded in his mind forever.
He said he, Nathan and Nathan’s three daughters, 6-year-old Kaydence and 4-year-old twins, Scotlyn and Irelynn all went to the Children’s Museum Saturday.
“They had a great time,” Leon said. “They were just screaming with joy.”
Afterwards, Leon said, they got a bite to eat at McDonalds and then called it a day.
“I rolled down the back window and he reached in to see his daughter and said, ‘I love you Kady Bug.’ And she said, ‘I love you too Daddy.’ He gave her a hug and a kiss and said goodbye. And that was the last time I saw him.”
“He was such a gentle soul,” said Jaye Leon, Nathan’s stepmom. “He did not deserve this.”
Jaye told 7NEWS that family members are asking anyone with information about the person(s) responsible for Nathan’s death to please call police.
“If not for him, then for the girls,” she said. “They’re going to grow up without their dad. He’ll never be able to walk them down the aisle.”
Police are releasing very little information about the crime.
“We are following up leads,” said a department spokesman.
Nathan’s dad choked up a bit while talking about his son.
He told 7NEWS that Nathan and his brother spent time alternating between his and their mother’s house.
“I tried to be a good father and teach them right from wrong,” he said. “When Nate became a father, I realized that as hard as I tried, I had a ways to go to be the great father that he was. I looked up to him because he was such a loving person. He loved his kids. He was so patient with them.”
In addition to asking for help finding his son’s killer(s), Leon is asking all parents to hug their children.
“If I know they’re hugging their kids, that will make me feel much better,” he said.
Family members told 7NEWS that a fund has been set up for Nate’s children at Bank of the West.
They also say that a candle light vigil in honor of the young father will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at 50th and Forest, where his car was found.
Anyone with information about the case can anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867; or you can text CRIMES (274637) with the subject title DMCS and enter the message; or email metro-denvercrimestoppers.com.