Group members and a Federal Means enterprise lately banded collectively to boost funds for a neighborhood restaurant proprietor who was severely injured in a road-rage capturing in June.
Jay Barbour, 45, is the proprietor of the Mediterranean Gyro Grill eating places in Federal Means and Tacoma. On June 23, he was shot following a street rage incident close to the intersection of twenty ninth Road NE and Norpoint Means NE close to Marine View Drive.
When first responders arrived, they discovered Barbour had been shot within the again. On the hospital, medical doctors found Barbour had been shot as soon as within the spine, practically severing his spinal cord. In response to court docket paperwork, the suspect of the capturing is Mason Zavier Taylor, 20, of Federal Means. Taylor was charged with first-degree assault and drive-by capturing in Pierce County Superior Court docket. He pleaded not responsible on June 30 and his jury trial started Aug. 17.
As of Aug. 17, Barbour has returned house and is consistently supported by his members of the family, stated Marwa Almasri, Barbour’s sister-in-law.
“Now he wants assist when he wakes up, eats … all the pieces in his life modified,” she stated on Aug. 16. “We at all times pray for miracles.”
The capturing additionally modified the lives of Barbour’s spouse, his 4 daughters and his brother, Yamin, who stop his job so as to take over the operations of Barbour’s restaurant full time, Almasri stated. The household can also be renovating their house to place in an elevator for Barbour to have higher accessibility.
Almasri graciously thanked the neighborhood for the outpouring of assist.
“We admire all the pieces the neighborhood has carried out for Jay,” she stated. “Whatever the monetary issues, the love has touched his coronary heart. He felt how a lot folks love him, the neighborhood loves him, how a lot the shoppers love him.”
Over the weekend, Okay.C. Deez BBQ and Pacific Christian Academy hosted a fundraiser for Barbour and his household on the Federal Means Farmers Market. Via a portion of gross sales and donations, Okay.C. Deez BBQ raised $1,000, stated proprietor De Davis.
Davis met Barbour a number of years in the past as Okay.C. Deez BBQ was establishing its brick-and-mortar location alongside South 336th Road. As permits have been finalized, the BBQ meals truck parked out entrance.
“Jay would come by — I didn’t even know who he was on the time — and he would come by as a buyer,” Davis stated.
As they grew to become mates, Davis discovered about Barbour’s restaurant. The 2 would see one another round city or in native restaurant depot shops and at all times had time for a chat. They’d commerce data, alternate present playing cards and assist one another’s companies. Final 12 months, Davis and Barbour teamed as much as donate meals to hospital nurses and workers.
The information of Barbour’s injury shocked and sadden him, he stated.
“The way in which I do know him and the issues that he’s carried out for the neighborhood … that goes to indicate you he’s a great man,” Davis stated. “I used to be simply blown away that occurred to him. I nonetheless can’t imagine it. When it occurred, I used to be devastated.”
Davis stated he was amazed by the neighborhood assist mirrored within the donation quantity.
Shortly after the June incident, a buyer put collectively a GoFundMe account assist along with his medical prices. Thus far, the neighborhood has raised $23,730 of a $25,000 objective.