GASTON COUNTY, NC – James Lewis and Robert Shook were HVAC technicians working on Dr. Robert Lesslie’s home in York County when they were shot.
Both families told Ken Lemon, the Channel 9 reporter in Gaston County, that they are grieving, but they are comforted by the tremendous support.
“It’s amazing how much support we’ve got,” said Lewis’ mother, Linda Tucker. “The amount of help we received has been overwhelming. We have been so blessed. “
Shook, 38, and Lewis, 39, were working for the Lesslies when they were both shot. Officials said Lewis died on the scene and Shook was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he died three days later.
Lesslie and his wife Barbara Lesslie (69) were pronounced dead at the scene together with their grandchildren Adah Lesslie (9) and Noah Lesslie (5).
After Shook was shot, he was able to call his boss for help, and his boss called 911. He was then flown to a hospital in Charlotte, where his family said he had undergone multiple operations.
Shook’s family said they were stunned by his death. He made it through the critical first day of recovery, but they said the injuries were too big.
On Monday, a family member told Channel 9, “We cannot thank you enough for the prayers, love, and support from around the world.”
Both Shook and Lewis worked as heating and ventilation technicians for GSM Services. Since filming, people have rushed to help the two men’s families.
Last Friday, the company launched a GoFundMe for both men with a goal of $ 50,000.
By Monday afternoon, they had raised more than $ 205,000. The money goes directly to the accounts of the two men’s families, both fathers of three children.
“You don’t know how much that helps,” said Tucker. “I lost my only son. Please be good to each other. Kiss your family Let everyone know how important they are to you because you never know. “
In addition, Gaston Memorial Garden donated property for Lewis and free funeral services.