Garrett Foster Wiki – Biography
Garrett Foster identified as the man who died in a shooting at a Black Lives Matter protest in Austin. Foster was often at the demonstrations in Austin. He was a Libertarian military veteran, and witnesses said he was well-known among the activists participating in the protests in the city. He was shot dead while with his fiancee, Whitney Mitchell, a quadruple amputee who was in a wheelchair, his mother told ABC News.
He has died at the age of 28.
The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, in downtown Austin. Police said the suspect drove into the protests and shot at Foster, but the details of exactly what transpired are still being determined. The photo in the tweet above was taken earlier in the day before the protest happened. Foster is wearing the green shirt, standing next to Whitney Mitchell, who is in the wheelchair. According to Mitchell’s Facebook page, they were engaged, but some friends said on social media that they were married.
In a video taken after the shooting, Hiram Gilberto interviewed a protester about what happened. Gilberto was at the scene and recorded live when the shooting occurred. The woman told Gilberto that Foster was Mitchell’s husband and her caretaker. She said the two had been out nearly every day during the protests.
Garrett Foster Mother
Foster’s mother, Sheila Foster, told ABC News her son was pushing Mitchell’s wheelchair before he was shot. She said Mitchell’s mother called her, and she told him her son had been shot. “They’ve been participating in these protests almost every day for the past 50 days,” Sheila Foster told ABC News. “I talked to him two days ago, and I was texting him yesterday, I didn’t get to talk to him today.”
She said he told her the protests were “extremely peaceful,” and he “hadn’t experienced any of the negative stuff that we sometimes see on the media. He was doing it because he feels strongly about justice, and he’s very heavily against police brutality, and he wanted to support his fiancee, his fiancee is an African-American woman. They’ve been together since they were 17 years old. He just felt powerful about justice.”
Just last year, Foster shared a post about how he and Mitchell had been together for ten years and were celebrating their anniversary.
Foster’s family has started a GoFundMe to help raise money after the shooting. Sheila Kirven wrote on the GoFundMe, “Garrett Foster was murdered last night July 25 while attending a peaceful protest in Austin, TX with his disabled fiancée in her wheelchair. An unknown vehicle barreled into the crowd, and this evil person shot and killed Garrett, while he was trying to protect his fiancée.
Carrying an AK-47
In the video, Foster said he had an AK-47.
“They don’t let us march in the streets anymore, so I’ve gotta practice some of our rights…”
When asked if he was going to use it, he said no.
“Nah… If I use it against the cops, I’m dead. I think all the people that hate us and want to say sh** to us are too big of pussies to stop and do anything about it.”
He said he started carrying after his roommate was arrested.
“Well, my roommate got arrested, and they stopped letting us march anywhere, so I started carrying.”
According to a Facebook post, he bought the AK-47 in late June.
Garrett Foster, the Black Lives Matter supporter who was shot and killed tonight in Austin, TX, was interviewed with his AK47.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 26, 2020
Senior police officer Katrina Ratcliff told the press on Saturday night: “One adult male victim was located with a gunshot wound. That victim was transported…but was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter. Initial reports indicate that the victim may have been carrying a rifle and approached the suspect vehicle. The suspect was in the vehicle and shot at the victim. The suspect was detained and is cooperating with officers… There’s no longer a threat to the public, and no one else has been reported injured.”
— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) July 26, 2020