|Updated: 7/21/2012 12:27 am
||Published: 7/20/2012 6:45 pm
A special gift for a girl whose life will be changed forever after her father was gunned down inside a Midtown Tulsa Best Buy.
On July 14th, a 10-year-old watched her father’s murder at a Tulsa Best Buy.
Today, she turned eleven.
Her father Wesley Brown, 58, an innocent victim, was hit and killed by a stray bullet from a gang shooting in the parking lot.
Tulsa Police officers, homicide detectives and firefighters surprised Brown’s daughter with gifts at her home on Friday.
Officers pulled money from their own pockets, Fraternal Order of Police and Spirit Bank donated money to purchase clothes, an i-Tunes card, iPad, iPad cover, with a plaque that read “Happy Birthday [little girl’s name] July, 20th, 2012 from your friends at the Riverside Division Tulsa Police Department. They also made a birthday cake.
Brown died less than a week from her birthday.
Riverside Division Major Julie Harris was at the helm to support her troops.
"Josh, you were there right, one of the first responders if you don't mind taking some of the presents,” said Harris.
Officers Mitch Helberg and Josh Griffith were on the deadly scene.
"We talk about it almost every day and it's on our minds,” said Griffith.
Officer Griffith joined the Department in July, 2011.
"It's something that we can do for her and show our support for her and lend a helping hand when one is needed,” said Griffith. "It's something that we will never forget."
Accused gang member Willie Wise, 20, is suspected of opening fire outside the Midtown Tulsa Best Buy. Police said Wise ambushed Scott Norman, 34, the intended target. One of the errant bullets hit and killed Wesley Brown. His ten-year-old daughter was right by his side.
"I promise you I will never forget that day. Ever,” said Helberg. “We like to take care of people. We go out everyday, we get to wave to kids all day long. But this is the kind of thing maybe we can help her get through the worst day of her life and help her recover."
This is personal for Officer Helberg who said he lives near the Brown’s and watched Wesley walk his daughter to the park.
"When I realized who it was I was devastated,” said Helberg.
Under the badge these are the moments the public rarely sees.
“Worried, worried about that little girl and how she was doing. Worried about fellow officers; I saw it in their faces how I was, just in shock,” said Helberg.
"Every time I drive by Best Buy, I am never, ever going to forget. And hopefully we will be able to keep her in our hearts."
The gifts may not bring back Mr. Brown but supporting the Brown family is what these officers and firefighters said they pledged to do when they put on their badge.
"Hopefully this will make a better change to Tulsa,” said Griffith.
To respect the family’s wishes, FOX23 is not publishing the names of Mr. Brown’s daughter or his wife. FOX23 also respected the family’s privacy and did not attend the surprise.
Brown’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 1 pm at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church.
Instead of flowers for the Brown family, they have set up an education fund for Brown’s daughter. Donations can be made at any BOK branch.
On Thursday, Tulsa police arrested shooting suspects Wise and Jeremy Foster, 22, on two counts of first degree murder. Shania Craven, 30 was also arrested for accessory to murder.
They have not been officially charged but are being held without bond.