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Dec 5, 2014 5:18 PM

Tow trucks honor W.Va. shooting spree victim

The Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Doug Brady, a tow truck owner who was one of four people killed during a shooting rampage, was taken to his final resting place Friday in a hearse carried by one of his tow trucks.

In a display of solidarity, a parade of wreckers, with yellow lights flashing, lined up behind the hearse and lead tow truck. Cranes extended from other trucks, holding an American flag aloft.

Rick Morris, who works at Ervin's Auto Repair and Towing in Morgantown, said tow operators consider themselves a brotherhood like police or firefighters.

"We're all in business against each other, but when something like this happens, it's a fallen brother," Morris said.

Brady was shot to death Monday while working in his garage at Doug's Towing. Authorities said 39-year-old Jody Lee Hunt, a rival tow truck operator, killed Brady. He also killed his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and his business partner. Before committing suicide, Hunt made a vengeful post on Facebook about his ex-girlfriend cheating on him.

Brady's son, Doug Brady Jr., was behind the wheel of the tow truck carrying the hearse.

"He was a beautiful man. He had one of the biggest hearts I've ever seen in my life," Brady Jr. said. "He loved his trucks, loved keepin' 'em clean. He loved his family."

The service for Michael Frum, 28, included a eulogy from the Rev. Willard Rowan and concluded with Vince Gill's "Go Rest High on that Mountain." Frum was the new boyfriend of Sharon Kay Berkshire, who was also slain.

"We don't have all the answers, we don't know why this had to happen," Rowan said. "But we can try to be there for one another."

Jody Taylor, 43, who was Hunt's business partner and his cousin, was also buried Friday.

Eulogies from Taylor's nieces and his brother were interspersed with some of Taylor's favorite songs Alan Jackson's "Midnight in Montgomery" and Diamond Rio's "One More Day.

"When he died, I was cheated out of a brother," said David Taylor Jr. "But I try to think of the good things I miss about him."

Berkshire's family said on a fundraising website that she didn't have life insurance and the family does not have the money to pay funeral costs. The site raised more than $6,000, which was put toward funeral and cremation services scheduled for Monday.

"None of us expected to lose someone so precious so soon," the site said.


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