Couple remembered as inseparable

Accident: `Big Re and Lil Kim' were riding together on their motorcycle, on their way to a hobby they loved, when they were killed.

September 29, 2004|By Michael Dresser | Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF

Alayna LeVee turns 2 months old today, the day her parents will be buried.

In death, as in life, Russell "Randy" LeVee and Kimberly LeVee will be inseparable. He was 28 and she was 29 when they died in a motorcycle accident Friday.

Two close-knit families gathered yesterday at the Duda-Ruck funeral establishment in Dundalk to mourn a young couple who became well-known in the darts leagues of eastern Baltimore County.

They were on their way to a darts tournament at a Fraternal Order of Police lodge about 7:20 p.m. Friday when a passenger car driven by a 61-year-old man made a left turn off Harford Road and into the path of their yellow Suzuki. They never had a chance, family members say.

The viewing yesterday brought darts friends, work friends and old friends who were stunned to see the LeVees' wedding photo in the newspaper, running next to their death notice. Family members said more than 350 people turned out Monday night, and scores came yesterday for a last glimpse of the couple known as "Big Re and Lil Kim."

In his coffin, Randy -- nobody called him Russell -- had a cigarette tucked behind his ear and a Kansas City Chiefs cap beside him. A fishing pole, symbol of one of his sporting passions, leaned alongside the coffin. With a shaved head and a wisp of a beard, he projected a cocky attitude even in death.

Kimberly, with short-cropped hair and glasses, had a shawl with a sun, moon and stars pattern ringing her head.

Besides Alayna, the couple left behind 8-year-old Sabrina Banz, a daughter from Kimberly's first marriage. In each of the coffins yesterday was a note from Sabrina on blue construction paper.

The spelling wasn't perfect. The message was, "I love Mommy and Daddy Randy so much and Alyna loves you to and we both will miss you -- Love, Sabrina and Alyna."

The couple's parents, gracious in their sadness, spoke of their children as if they wanted to share them with the world.

Erwin and Betty Will recalled that Kimberly played clarinet in the marching band and graduated from Bel Air High School. Russell and Jackie LeVee savored Randy's exploits as a high school baseball and football player in California and Perry Hall.

Randy's sister and brother-in-law, Tracy and Alvin Kuhn, didn't know exactly how it was that Kimberly came into his life. But once they came together, they were always together. They married four years ago.

"They complemented each other," Tracy Kuhn said.

Kimberly taught computer skills to budding medical ad- ministrators. She had just returned to work after maternity leave. Randy worked in construction. They had started to look for a house so they could move out of his parents' home.

In recent years, their passion was darts. They both competed -- and friends said they were awesome. Relatives said they couldn't find enough space to display all the trophies they won.

Alvin Kuhn, who served as the family's liaison with the police, was still shaking from the experience yesterday. He said he has returned repeatedly to the scene of the accident at Harford and Aspen Hill roads.

In addition to setting up a roadside shrine, with an admonition to drivers to watch out for motorcycles, he and his wife have tried to reconstruct what happened at an intersection he calls dangerous.

"We just sit there hours just watching traffic," he said. "You hear the squealing of the tires."

Kuhn said the LeVees were careful motorcyclists. "They rode with the leathers. They rode professional," he said.

The families plan to meet to discuss the delicate issues they have put off until after the services. Nobody foresaw a future for Sabrina and Alayna without Kimberly and Randy. Decisions must be made about who will raise the children.

That's for tomorrow. Today will be about saying goodbye.

"They touched everyone in their lives," said Alvin Kuhn. "If you knew them for 10 minutes, you knew how they were for their entire life."

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