Benefit Fund Established To Help Family Of Williston Shooting Victim

Derrick Spiegel, a victim of a Saturday shooting in Williston, N.D., is pictured in this Facebook photo with wife, Jessica, and their children Jonathan and Brooklyn. The former Vacaville, Calif., man lived in Williston.

Friends and family of a Williston, N.D., shooting victim are raising money to support the man’s family.

Derrick Spiegel, 28, Williston, died early Saturday in a shooting outside a downtown Williston bar.

Spiegel, formerly of Vacaville, Calif., is survived by his wife, Jessica, and two young children.

An online fundraising effort had already raised more than $3,000 on Monday, and friends are planning a benefit event in Vacaville next month.

Longtime friend Ashley Mervau, who lives across the street from where Spiegel grew up in California, said friends and family were in shock after learning of his death Saturday. Spiegel, who worked in construction, moved to North Dakota for work, she said.

“He was one of the best friends that you could ever ask for,” Mervau said.

Response to the fundraising effort has been tremendous, Mervau said.

“It really just goes to show how many people loved and cared for him,” she said.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in First Lutheran Church in Williston. Visitation is Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the hour preceding the service at the church on Thursday. Everson Funeral Home in Williston is handling the arrangements.

Burial will be in California.

Authorities in Billings, Mont., apprehended Jonathan Peter Horvath, 46, Monday afternoon in connection with the shooting.

Lt. Sam Bofto of the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office said authorities apprehended Horvath, who was unarmed, after getting a tip that he had hitchhiked to town.

Horvath is expected to appear in court in Montana on Tuesday.

4 Responses

  1. Erica Wullenwaber

    I just want to send my prayers and condolences to Jessica and her family! I am still shocked about this news! At least they caught the SOB! I know it won’t bring back Derrick unfortunately but atleast he wont get the chance of getting away with this crap!!! WE LOVE YOU DERRICK SPIEGEL. KEEP WATCHING DOWN ON YOUR WIFE AND BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN!

  2. Debra Willis

    My heart is so saddened by this tragic and unnecessary death. Every day I will be reminded as I walk out my front door and see Derirck’s mothers house and the sorrow that will be filled there for many years to come. No parent should have to endure their child passing before them. My condolences go out to his wife, children, mother, father, sister, friends, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. He was loved and will be missed by many. May peace be with you Derrick!!

  3. Linda Cabler

    IamDerricks gramma. Iamjustsick a bout this. My heart goes outtoKaren and Jonny and Derricks wife and kids.
    The last time I saw Derrick, he was 15 . He came to visit us. He rode back in my car. I got to really know him, and found him to be a good kid, who loved his parents alot.
    What could. Have been so bad,to kill him? Was it worth it, for the shooter to now face life or the needle. What has he done to not only our family but to his family?

  4. James Spiegel Sr

    I’m Derricks grandfather. I li ve in Colorado. Whats a tragic lost. Derrick spent time with me in Colorado where we fished together. I also had the opportunity to fish with him and his Dad in California. I will miss him. I never met his family but my prayers go out to the her and her family.

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