OCOEE, Fla. (WAVY) — As loved ones prepare to lay a beloved pharmacist to rest this Friday, the support for David Kilgore continues to pour in, even from hundreds of miles away.
On Monday, Kilgore was shot and killed at his Oceanfront pharmacy by a man demanding prescription drugs. As the news of his untimely death travels far beyond Hampton Roads, messages and donations for his family are coming in from around the country. And one Florida man’s idea is catching on incredibly fast.
Transaction Data Systems is the company that makes the computer system used inside 4,200 independent pharmacies, like Kilgore’s own Beach Pharmacy. On Wednesday, president of the company, Steve Wubker, sent out the following email:
What has happened this week is obviously a senseless tragedy that no words can really describe effectively, but one thing I’d like to try to do is to reach out and see if all Rx30 users might be willing to send a $20 contribution to David’s family so that I might be able to present it to them in a few weeks.
Wubker set up an online fund Wednesday night, and many have gone above and beyond his request. He said some have contributed upwards of $100.
“Independent pharmacies are a very tight-knit group, limited number of pharmacy schools and everybody in some way or another knows each other,” Wubker said. “When this happens to one of their own, I think this hits right at the heart of them and they all know this could happen to anyone just the way the world is today. Oxycodone is rampant these days, and anything labeled with pharmacy is almost like a target.”
One man left a message on the fund’s website saying, “It is what we in the community fear everyday — May the Lord watch over his family extra close during this terrible time.” Another woman who donated said, “The world needs more Davids.”
Wubker said usually he would send flowers, but thought maybe this time they could do more. And although many of the people have never met David Kilgore face-to-face and some won’t have the chance to leave mementos at makeshift memorials at his pharmacy’s doors, one dollar at a time they’re showing how much they care.
10 On Your Side is going to keep track of the fundraising and the effort to present his family a check. If you would like to donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/8e7jns.
David Kilgore’s funeral is scheduled for Friday at First Baptist Church of Norfolk on Kempsville Road at 3 p.m.