Army Sgt. Robert Ybarra was an 81-year-old veteran who was unfortunately killed in his hometown of Detroit shortly after he tried to help a complete stranger.
Ybarra's time in service left him severely burned and also with a glass eye. However even with this misfortune, Ybarra was always good natured and would do anything to help out his fellow neighbor.
“Loving. He loved everyone,” said Ybarra’s daughter, Tanya Hensley. "He was one of those neighborhood dads that people could count on. If you needed groceries, he'd take you. He'd buy them."
Ybarra's family shared that he was a retired postal worker. Ybarra has lived in his neighborhood for more than 30 years and was both well known and well liked by his neighbors.
It was on the morning of July 17, that Ybarra tried to help a stranger that ended up taking his life.
The police department of Detroit reported that Ybarra was on his way home from getting his usual donut and coffee when his usual morning errands took a turn. As he continued his trip home, Ybarra noticed a man that was clearly distressed in a car on the side of the road.
Worried for the man, Ybarra ran over to the car in an attempt to help. Police reports indicate that the car's driver, Tywaun Tramel Coakley, tried to first fight Ybarra, and then quickly ran over Ybarra with his car.
Ybarra survived one day in the hospital before he was taken off life support.
Ybarra's son was quoted saying,
"I want the person who did this to my dad to pay. But I also don't want it to be warning to not help people in trouble. My dad stopped and he helped someone but I don't want this to be something people say, 'Well, that's what happens when you help someone,"".
Coakley is currently facing charges for Felony Murder, Manslaughter Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop at Accident Resulting in Death and Felonious Assault.Other Articles
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