The following statement was issued by Craig Dawson, John Winkler's
uncle, on behalf of the Winkler family. John Winkler died after L.A.
sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot him as he fled from an attacker.
"John was a kind, funny, smart young man, with a bright wit and kind
word for anyone he met. We are grasping to understand why he was taken
away from us in such a tragic way.
"Those who were blessed with the opporunity to know John knew him to be
an incredibly giving young man, always ready to do anything for friends
and family. It is no surprise to us that he put his own life at risk to
help a friend. This is exactly the quality that made him a very special
"We want to thank those around us for the outpouring of love and support
shared with our family at this very trying time.
"Moving forward, we seek to understand the reasons why the sheriff's
deputies shot and killed John. We know that shooting and killing an
innocent man must be a horrible burden for those deputies, and they are
in our prayers as well, as they attempt to cope with the circumstances
of his death.
"We ask that the media respect our privacy as we attempt to deal with
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