WEIRTON, W.Va. - The family of a Trinity High School graduate who was shot and killed over the weekend says he died while trying to help someone.
Frank Tulak, 36, was fatally shot after apparently trying to break up a domestic fight on Orchard Street in Weirton, W.Va., around 3 a.m. Sunday.
"He heard a girl outside screaming for help," Tulak's cousin, Diana Speicher, said. "His
fiancée begged him not to go out but he told her if it was her, he would want someone to help her."
Police arrested 18-year-old Adam Barnhart and charged him with murder. Authorities said Barnhart was arguing with a young woman, and when Tulak tried to break it up he pulled out a gun.
"After he shot him once, he went to run and shot him three other times," Speicher said.
Tulak's family said they're not surprised that he went out of his way to help a woman in need.
According to Speicher, Tulak and his
fiancée were getting ready for their son's fourth birthday – which was postponed for Tulak's funeral.
Family members said Tulak did not have life insurance. Jars will be placed in businesses around Washington County in the coming days to take donations for his funeral costs.