'Honor Walk' for Officer Curtis Billue this Saturday

Family holding 'Honor Walk' for Curtis Billue

On Saturday, the family of slain Corrections Officer Curtis Billue is holding an "honor walk" in his memory at the Ocmulgee National Monument. 

He's one of the corrections officers who was allegedly shot and killed by two escaped inmates in Putnam County last June. 

It's been less than 6 months since Denise Billue lost her older brother, but Monday, she showed WMAZ a special place that she's created to help keep her brother's memory alive.

She filled a small house in her backyard with blue carpet, blue furniture, and blue walls to honor her brother.

"I started this immediately after he passed away because it was therapeutic to me," says Denise. "It's a warm place. It's a place where you can just feel the positive energy, because his whole life was one that was very positive. It just emulates him in so many different ways."

Denise says Curtis always brought "sunshine" into the room. 

She says decorating this small space with quotes and pictures related to her brother has brought her a small sense of peace. 

"He would not have wanted me to sit around and mope," says Denise. 

Blue flowers, dreamcatchers, and Bible verses fill the room, but there's one plaque Denise can't bring herself to hang on the wall.

"It just makes everything so final. When I look at May 14th, the day he was born and then the day that he passed away, those two days aren't as significant as the dash. The dash tells the story of what he did when he was here on Earth," says Denise. 

Billue also says her brother really enjoyed nature, so all of the proceeds from the upcoming "honor walk" will be donated to the Ocmulgee National Monument Park. 

It costs $10 to register for the walk. The walk will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday. 

Click here for more information on the honor walk. 

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