ASHLAND, Ore. — Parking lots at United Methodist Church in Ashland were filled with people walked blocks to be a part of David Grubbs goodbye.
“It doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that there was that much of a turn out,” said a co-worker of Grubbs.
The church holds 300 a number that was reached minutes before the ceremony began, a crowd that called for police monitoring, but officials said they were also there to relay the hard words the family could not utter.
“The cards, the letters, contributions…I mean it’s just been phenomenal the way the community has come together to support the family during this really, really tough time,” said Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness.
Outside, some mourned alone. Inside, the large group passed a mic around as loved ones shared their fondest memories of Grubbs. Grubbs worked at Shop N Kart. He is believed to have been walking home from work the night he was killed. On Saturday, green uniforms lined the church’s entrance.
“Such a good guy,” remarked one co-worker, “I could be having the worse days at shopping cart in the break room, crying my eyes out, and he’s right there with his glowing smile and it just ended up making me smile so much more.”
With no suspect named, and no leads to confirm who was responsible for his death, detectives also attended the memorial, hoping to gather more information on puzzling crime.
“We are continuing to take tips so that if someone has some information we will be available to talk to them,” Chief Holderness said.
Friends say the memorial served as a time of much needed remembrance in a time of a difficult absence.
“Not seeing him in the isles, not seeing him in the back, not seeing him in the check stands when everyone is being called,” said a friend of Grubbs, “the last couple of days have been really hard because he hasn’t been there.”