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.