Fund set up to help grieving family

Fund set up to help grieving family

LAWTON, Okla._It's been a little more than a day since the family of a Lawton man heard the news that he had been shot and killed.

Josh Whitehead, 26, was found dead in his car after he crossed the median on Northwest Rogers Lane in Lawton and drove through a Fort Sill border fence. Police say Whitehead was shot through the driver's side of his car and hit in the abdomen. Investigators have not made any arrests or released any details about what led up to the shooting.

Family members are raising money for his 3-year-old daughter and a girlfriend he left behind.

Family and friends say they have heavy hearts, but they have to pull together for the ones still here. Scott Widenhouse, a longtime family friend of the Whitehead's, says he has seen Josh grow up.

"We've known Josh Whitehead for over 10-15 years. We were there when his child was born. He's hung out with the family and he's been around for a while," Widenhouse said.

Widenhouse says he is still can't believe Josh is dead as he describes what he felt the moment he got the call.

"Shock, it was shock. Something like this always hits you hard because it's unexpected," Widenhouse said.

Right now, the focus is on 3-year-old Rylee Whitehead and Josh's 23-year-old girlfriend, Destiny Smith, who Widenhouse says is left with nothing, not even transportation because the vehicle they had was totaled from the accident.

"The blood, I mean, she can't drive the car anymore anyway, and the insurance just expired," Widenhouse said.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account, hoping to raise money to get Destiny and Rylee another car.

"She's got the little baby, and you have to have a car to live and they're stuck," Widenhouse said.

They're hoping the community will put themselves in the family's shoes.

"Anything will help. You're helping someone that really needs it and every little penny will help," Widenhouse said.