The Berkley community rallied to honor the memory of Tyler Wingate by tying white ribbons at locations throughout the city.

The Berkley community rallied to honor the memory of Tyler Wingate by tying white ribbons at locations throughout the city.

Photo by Mike Koury

Berkley pays tribute to Tyler Wingate after tragic death

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published July 29, 2019


BERKLEY — The Berkley community has been reeling since the killing of Tyler Wingate in the city of Detroit.

In the face of his tragic death, residents of Berkley have been paying tribute to Wingate by adorning trees, poles and signs up and down neighborhoods, Coolidge Highway, and 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads with white ribbons.

Friends of Wingate also have been trying to do their part, from raising money to cover the costs of his funeral to setting up a no-kill animal rescue in his name in Detroit, where he was residing at the time.

“It shows you what our community is all about,” Mayor Dan Terbrack said. “We’re always going to come together as a community. There’s nothing that we can do that can take away not having Tyler with us anymore, but if we can remember him and celebrate him and support him and his family right now, that’s what we’re going to do.”

Wingate, 24, was killed at around 1 a.m. Monday, July 22. According to a press release from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, he was driving with an unidentified passenger on Livernois Avenue when they crashed into another vehicle. Wingate and his passenger got out of their vehicle and walked to a nearby gas station.

It was there that Wingate was struck by a man who Detroit police believe is Lawrence James Davis, 23, of Detroit. Davis allegedly continued to hit and kick Wingate after he fell to the ground, and then fled the scene on foot.

At 1:45 a.m. July 22, Detroit police were called to the area of West Davison Street and Livernois Avenue about a shooting. When police arrived, officers found Wingate lying on the ground unresponsive in the parking lot of a gas station located in the 13500 block of Livernois, the release states. They also found two vehicles nearby the scene with apparent crash damage.

Medical personnel arrived on the scene and transported Wingate to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Davis has been charged with open murder, but he remains at large. Detroit police are asking anyone who recognizes Davis, knows of his whereabouts or has any information related to the killing of Wingate to call the department’s homicide unit at (313) 596-2260.