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City of Berkley displays white ribbons in honor of man fatally beaten after car crash

Posted at 1:05 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 17:24:50-04

BERKLEY, Mich. (WXYZ) — White ribbons are being tied to trees and homes throughout Berkley to support the family of Tyler Wingate, who was beaten to death on July 22 after a car accident in Detroit.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Berkley Mayor Dan Terbrack said in a release. “No parent should ever have to face this type of tragedy. I know the entire community is sending prayers and condolences to the Wingate family.”

Wingate, 24, was assaulted by a man after he got into a vehicle accident with a Chevy Impala in the 13500 block of Livernois. Police say the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Lawrence James Davis, allegedly exited the Impala, approached Wingate and began to physically assault him, striking and kicking him multiple times.

Davis then ran away from the scene with three other men.

Wingate is remembered as a popular student athlete at Berkley High School, where he played football and was a member of the track team.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Visititation is 1-8 p.m. Thursday.