Daughter of Hester’s Lumber owner dies in tragic Denver fire
Members of the Hester family and the larger Kremmling community are in mourning this month after the untimely death of 16-year-old Lexi Rae Hester, daughter of Forrest Hester, owner and operator of Hester’s Lumber just south of Kremmling.
Lexi, who lived primarily with her mother in Littleton, passed away on April 1, Easter Sunday, while house sitting for her aunt and uncle in Centennial. Her death has been attributed to a house fire. Lexi’s mother, Amy Hester, told Front Range news outlets that she believes a bedspread caught fire while Lexi was asleep.
“What we think is she woke up and opened the door and it created so much smoke from the inhalation she just wasn’t able to make it outside,” Hester told KDVR.
According to reports, the Araphaoe County Sheriff’s Office said the fire was small and smoke couldn’t be seen from the home. The fire had extinguished itself, according to officials.
A funeral service for Lexi was held last Friday in Englewood. Her classmates from Heritage High School in Littleton held a balloon release ceremony in her honor at Red Rocks Amphitheater three days after her death.
Lexi was a junior at Heritage High School, an avid athlete who played varsity lacrosse and lettered in both her freshman and sophomore year. She maintained a passion for life, loved her concerts at Red Rock, going to as many as she could.
Her family described Lexi as a “hippie at heart,” evidenced by the tapestries that covered the walls around her room and her famous quote, “Stay trippy lil hippie,” and a kind and gentle soul.
“Lexi was such a beautiful, young lady with a smile that would instantly warm your heart,” said Angi Murray, a family friend.
Murray set up a fundraising page online in Lexi’s memory. As of Thursday afternoon, total donations were nearing the page’s goal of $25,000.
“Amy and her family will be in need of all the support they can get as they try to cope with the loss of Lexi,” Murray wrote on the YouCaring page for Lexi. “The amount of sorrow and pain the family is feeling is without a doubt unfathomable.”
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