PHOENIX - Family and friends of Travis Alexander held a birthday party for him on Sunday, doing it in a special way – by helping others.
Jodi Arias was accused of killing Alexander in his Mesa home in 2008.
The lengthy trial wrapped up a couple of months ago with her conviction.
But now with most of the legal proceedings behind them, the group packed up 400 gift bags and set off for University Park in Phoenix to hand them out to the homeless. Just like Travis used to do.
At the inner city park it was a birthday party of a different kid, for a man who wasn’t even there.
“You know, this is just a tribute to him. You know it makes me feel good to do, what I know Travis would want us to do,”said Clancy Talbot, a friend of Alexander’s.
This would have been Alexander’s 36th birthday and to celebrate, family and friends handed out the bags, clothes and bottles of water in honor of Alexander.
For Alexander’s sister, who organized the party, it’s how she remembers her brother.
“I know our Heavenly Father is going to bless us and we’re going to have the justice that we deserve for Travis – it’s just taking a little bit longer,” Tanisha Sorenson said.
The last day they were together they spent helping the homeless. The memory of him keeps her going.
It was a birthday party Alexander would have been proud of, put on by the people most proud of him.
The guest of honor may be gone, but his spirit of giving is alive and well.