Benefit planned for Beavercreek homicide victim

Benefit held for the Walquist family after Brett Walquist was murdered in Puerto Rico. (Photo/Marc Sweeney)

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – A Beavercreek man was killed recently while on vacation with his family.

Now, his friends are coming together to support his two children.

“It’s not too often that you see a situation where a person will lay down their life for another, but that’s what Brett did.”

Brett Walquist is being called a hero for trying to scare off an armed robber who broke into the family’s vacation h in Puerto Rico.

The 41 year old was stabbed to death by the suspect after the two got into a fight, according to investigators.

His wife tried to grab the attacker before he escaped.  Neither she nor his two children were hurt.

Juan Acevedo, 21, is now in custody.

“Brett was a family man. He spent time, he coached his son’s basketball team. Brett was a guy that everyone loved. He was a good friend and a good husband and a good father. It’s unfortunate that this happened,” said Marc Sweeney.

Sweeney is a family friend who helped organize a benefit for Brett Friday night.

It runs from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 on Brown Street in Dayton.

15% of the proceeds will go toward the Walquist Family Fund.

He says the money will mostly be used for his son and daughter’s college educations.

“This is a very tragic situation. It’s a family that lives here in the Dayton area. We would love people to come out and support the family through just being there.”

If you would like to donate, visit the Walquist Family Fund online. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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