LAWTON, Okla._The widow of a man who was shot and killed Wednesday in Lawton is speaking out about his life and how she wants him to be remembered.
Jeremy Jacobs, 39, was found lying in the street on Northwest Pollard Avenue with a gunshot wound to his neck. Witnesses told police they saw two people arguing with Jacobs before he was shot. Both took off running, but one of the suspects, a young man, was caught and taken to the police station for questioning.
His tips led police to an underage girl who was eventually placed into custody on a complaint of homicide, but no charges have been filed as of Monday. Jacobs' widow says their neighborhood, and the city, lost a good man that night.
Jacobs' family says he would do anything he could to help the youth in his area. No matter how big or small the deed was, if it helped someone else, he would do it. Now, the family is left feeling shocked and numb.
"My heart has been ripped out of my chest. I lost my best friend, and I can't ever get him back," Tara Jacobs said.
She became noticeably shaken recalling the moment her husband was taken away. Tara and her two children have to deal with the pain of not being able to see him.
"They are crushed. They are mad, they don't understand. I don't understand how someone so wonderful and so good to everybody can be taken away from us," she said.
Tara explained that Jeremy wanted to impact the kids in the area. He would put on games and events so the kids had something to do. Tara says they knew it wasn't a safe area, which is why they would let kids into their own home.
"Our house was the safe place for them to be, and they knew that. He worked on their bikes, he would sit and talk with them and teach them how to fix stuff, how to do things," Tara Jacobs explained.
Tara says he would do that because all kids are worth protecting.
"He was a kid at heart. He wanted the next generation to be better than us. He wanted to make it better, not only for our children, but for all the children. He wanted to make it safer for them," she said.
The family is planning a memorial celebration for Jeremy at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Ritter Gray Funeral Home. However, the family says they are thousands of dollars short of the needed costs.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page where donations will be accepted, and they have written a dedication to Jeremy's life. Those wanting to donate can also do so at the Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.