Losing Tyler

Just before 2AM on July 22nd, 2019, our friend, brother, nephew, son, Tyler was brutally beaten to death on Detroit’s Westside by a man after a car accident. Tyler was known for his contagious smile, constant good spirit and loving character. All of Oakland county knows and loves the Wingate family. Though the loss of Tyler will never be easy, help for the costs of the funeral, etc will allow one less thing for the Wingate family to think about during this time of grieving.

**update July 22nd: Man is identified and police are working to get him into custody. 

Note from Valerie:

This is not something the Wingate’s asked for. Myself and a group of my friends took it upon ourselves to make this for the family. We were overwhelmed by the amount of donations as were others. We thought it would be great to up the allowed donation amount because so many people that wanted to donate weren’t able to yet! Isn’t that amazing? As you know, donations are optional. Personally, I don’t see a specific number on this fundraiser and as of now I plan to leave it up! In our heart of hearts, we feel no amount of money could make this easier, but we’d like to take any amount of burden off the family that we’re able to. Thank you!


  • Cheddar Bob 
    • $5 
    • 25 mos
  • Chris Harrison  
    • $20 
    • 25 mos
  • Philip Zappa 
    • $10 
    • 25 mos
  • Susan Ng-Vecchi 
    • $100 
    • 25 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $30 
    • 25 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Valerie Christy 
Berkley, MI
Sharlee Wingate 
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