Funeral held for doctor killed helping neighbor

Posted at 7:45 AM, Apr 11, 2016

The funeral for a beloved doctor who was killed while trying to help save a neighbor who had been shot was held Monday in Englewood.

Dr. Kenneth Atkinson was a family doctor in Centennial, a graduate of the University of Colorado-Denver's medical school and a well-known member of the community.

Dr. Atkinson was shot while trying to save his neighbor, Elizabeth Lyons, on April 4.

Lyons' husband is accused of shooting her, Dr. Atkinson and another neighbor, Laurie Juergens. Officials said both women are expected to make a full recovery.

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The day after the shooting, hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil for the victims.

"What a good person he was, what a good husband he was, what a good family person he was, his strong faith, what a good doctor he was," said Mary Delapp, who worked with Dr. Atkinson.

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The funeral service for Dr. Atkinson was held at 10 a.m. Monday at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church at 10150 E. Belleview Ave. in Englewood.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Castle Rock.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kendall & Taylor Atkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 3514, Littleton, CO 80161.

Two of Atkinson's youngest children, Kendall and Taylor, died from a rare blood disorder called Fanconi anemia. The KATA foundation supports medical research and benefits children with special needs.

Dr. Atkinson is survived by his wife Jeanne, and his two daughters and five grandchildren.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's office said Kenneth Lyons will be charged with first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, two counts of assault and felony menacing.