Former Main League Baseball participant Will Middlebrooks has raised greater than $89,000 to cowl funeral and memorial bills following the dying of childhood buddy Jonathan Worth, who was killed by a Texas police officer over the weekend.
The onetime Boston Pink Sox infielder launched a web based fundraiser after Worth, who’s Black, was fatally shot within the chest Saturday whereas making an attempt to interrupt up a home dispute at a fuel station in Wolfe Metropolis, Texas, positioned 70 miles northeast of Dallas. As of Tuesday, greater than $91,000 had been raised.
“My shut childhood buddy, Jonathan Worth, was fatally shot by a police officer in my hometown of Wolfe Metropolis, TX,” Middlebrooks wrote on a GoFundMe web page. “Jonathan was a group chief and mentor, who was killed whereas making an attempt to interrupt up a home dispute.”
Worth, 31, a Wolfe Metropolis worker and onetime faculty soccer participant, was making an attempt to interrupt up a home altercation when a police officer pulled as much as the fuel station and ultimately shot him. He was taken to a hospital the place he died.
The officer, Shaun David Lucas, 22, was initially positioned on administrative go away. He was arrested Monday evening and charged with homicide. His bond was set at $1 million.
The Texas Rangers, the company investigating the taking pictures, mentioned Lucas tried to detain Worth, who allegedly resisted and walked away, in line with an announcement issued to Fox Information by the Division of Public Security.
“Lucas deployed his TASER, adopted by discharging his service weapon hanging Worth,” the assertion mentioned. “The preliminary investigation signifies that the actions of Officer Lucas weren’t objectionably affordable, and, subsequently, not justifiable power.”
Messages and calls to Middlebrooks, the Wolfe Metropolis Police Division and several other of Worth’s members of the family weren’t returned. A request for remark from Worth household legal professional Lee Merritt was additionally not returned.
On Monday, Worth’s household mentioned video footage proved the taking pictures was not justified, KTVT-TV reported.
“The chief noticed the video and informed me he wasn’t proud of what he noticed,” Merritt informed reporters.
In a Monday Fb submit, Middlebrooks known as the taking pictures an act of racism whereas lauding Worth as a “good man” whose life was taken “along with his arms within the air.”
“For some purpose he was singled out. I’ll allow you to do the maths,” he wrote. “There’s no excuses this time … ‘he was a felony’ … Nope, not this time. ‘He resisted arrest, simply adjust to the cops’… Nope that one doesn’t work this time both.”