Garrett Foster Shot Dead – Garrett Foster Death Dead, Garrett Foster Obituary – Funeral Service
Garrett Foster was fatally shot during a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Austin, memorials for him continue to appear around the city.
Earlier on Sunday, flowers and signs mourning Foster’s life were set up in front of Austin Police headquarters and at the intersection where he was shot.
Police confirmed Sunday evening that Foster was shot multiple times after a car turned into a group of demonstrators at 4th Street and Congress Avenue. The driver of that car told police they had fired a handgun at someone who approached their driver-side window and pointed an assault-type weapon at them. Demonstrators who were present that night, however, tell KXAN this driver “aggressively accelerated” into the crowd of people.
Mark Bay, who attended the vigil, told KXAN, “I’m here to show solidarity for the movement that he died for and also to remember him and to continue the fight.”
“You always have to consider risks when you come to a protest or do anything. It’s not just this, it’s COVID [-19] , too, but I think the cause is worth it. I really believe in racial equality. I really believe in justice for all, so I’m going to continue protesting.”
A GoFundMe account for Foster has been created, noting that he leaves behind a disabled fiancée who uses a wheelchair. The two had been at the protest Saturday night, the GoFundMe account says. As of this update, the fund has gathered more than $96,000 in donations.
In a briefing for the press Sunday evening, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed Foster’s death as a result of the shooting and laid out some details on what police know so far.
Manley said that APD officers were out monitoring downtown protests when they heard two separate volleys of gunfire in the area, just as 911 received multiple calls from that area.
Officers working the protest moved to the area of the gunfire, Manley said, and found Foster with multiple gunshot wounds. Austin Police and Austin Fire attempted to resuscitate Foster, then Austin-Travis County EMS transported him to Dell Seton Medical Center.