Guam Native identified as a victim in Colorado shooting


A true American Hero, that is how the family of Tristian Kemp will forever remember their lost loved one whose life was taken in a tragic shooting in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Guam – Tristian was only 26 years old when his life was taken on October 19, in what appears to be a murder suicide. Tristan Kemp, was identified as one of the victims shot by Michael Zamora. While his death is surrounded by questions, his family celebrates his life.

His uncle Thomas Perez in an interview with PNC shared, “he was gentle, funny and a kind loving person who worked hard and was brave enough to put his life on the line for this country several times.”

Tristian grew up in Agana Heights with his mom and older brother, always lending a helping hand to his family and friends. “He was not a trouble maker he never misbehaved, I was there most of his childhood before I joined the army and he was an overall good kid you really can’t complain about him,” shared his uncle.

He graduated from George Washington High school before enlisting in the Air force and deploying twice to Afghanistan. After his service Tristian continued to proudly serving the American people by seeking employment with a private contractor based in Afghanistan serving our military.

According to his uncle, Tristian had just arrived back to the U.S. for R&R about three weeks prior to the incident and was friends with his attacker. Tristian and Zamora had served together in Afghanistan and had gone to Fort Collins together on Wednesday to visit Zamora’s girlfriend Savannah McNealy.

The events that unfolded in the early morning hours have baffled his family, “who would want to hurt him? he always tried to do the right thing, everyone loved him.”

Perez says Tristian was a family oriented person who was extremely close to his mom and brother. Those close to him describe him as an awesome guy, a world traveler, outgoing, adventurous and caring. A man whose smile could light up a room.

The news of his passing has devastated his family who are now raising funds to bring Tristian home.

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SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.