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Family of Tulsa homeless man killed in hit-and-run speaks out

The family has set up a Gofundme account to help raise money for funeral expenses (KTUL).

The family of a homeless man is demanding answers after he was viciously run over and killed.

The death of Shawn Birdo shocked most of the Tulsa community, especially those who work to help homeless folks in the area.

"I was just in shock," said Delores Briscoe-Brooks. "I'm just in disbelief.”

Briscoe-Brooks is still having trouble accepting the fact her cousin Shawn is gone.

“We’ve had so many tragedies prior to this, we’re really stressed out," she said. "Shawn was a good person. He had a big heart, he had an enormous ability to make you laugh.”

Briscoe-Brooks says he was what you’d call a "working homeless man," trying to get his life back on track.

“He did do odd jobs," she said. "He was very independent and didn’t beg anybody for money. He just fell on hard times. It was just circumstances that can catch any American.”

Shawn was 46 years old when he died in his sleep, but it was everything but peaceful. In the early Monday morning hours, he was run over by a pickup while he was on the sidewalk outside John 3:16 Mission.

Tulsa police quickly arrested 40-year-old Jeremy Thacker. Police say he targeted homeless people in a pair of hit-and-run incidents.

We reached out to Thacker for an interview, but he declined. We also reached out to his family and friends, but have not heard back.

According to people who knew Thacker on Facebook, "He was a good man, willing to help anyone in need."

However, Shawn's family isn’t buying it.

“He may have been the best guy in the whole world; however, his actions speak differently," said Briscoe-Brooks. "What he’s done is horrible, malicious, and contemptuous.”

While his family tries to move on, they’re finding comfort in good memories of Shawn.

“We’re finding ways to support one another," said Briscoe-Brooks.

The family has set up a Gofundme account to help raise money for funeral expenses. The money will also help the other homeless people who were injured during the hit-and-run incidents.

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