'Help us wrap our arms around them:’ Community supports family of father killed in Wawa shooting

'Help us wrap our arms around them:’ Community supports family of father killed in Wawa shooting
Friends say Robert Gooch IV was set to retire from the Army on Friday. (Source: NBC12/file)

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -After a father of three, and soldier in the U.S. Army was shot and killed this week at a Wawa, friends and neighbors are raising money to help support his family.

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, tragedy struck Hampton Park. Robert Gooch was senselessly taken from his family who are now left to pick up the pieces. We ask for your help providing Leslie Ortega and her children with immediate support. 
Robert Gooch Family Fund

Friends say Robert Gooch IV was set to retire from the Army on Friday, and served several tours in Afghanistan. Through a GoFundMe page, they are hoping to ease the families burdens during a heartbreaking and shocking time.

George Thomas Buschmann, 34, of no permanent address, is charged with first-degree murder in the Tuesday night shooting that killed Gooch.

He’s also charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, felony eluding, possession of a firearm after being involuntarily committed and transporting a firearm while being subject to a protective order,

Buschmann is being held without bond in the Chesterfield County Jail and was arraigned Wednesday morning, and is due in court again in March.

NBC 12 discovered in video archives, that our team interviewed Gooch nearly six years ago. At the time, he was running a security company, and gave an on camera interview about the importance and benefits of home security.

Police said Gooch and the suspect did not know each other.

Family and friends are invited to pay respects on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, Jan. 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Bennett Funeral Home located at 11020 West Broad Street in Glen Allen.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, located at 11220 Nuckols Road in Glen Allen. A military memorial is set to be held at a later time at Fort Belvoir.

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