Garrett Foster was in a relationship with his longtime girlfriend-turned-fiancée, Whitney Mitchell. The couple was all set to become a husband and a wife as soon as Mitchell could master her prosthetics as she previously went into septic shock.
Garrett Foster, a 28-year-old man, was murdered in Austin, Texas on July 25, 2020, by Daniel Perry. Following the May 2020 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Perry drove into a crowd of protesters during a Black Lives Matter protest. Foster, who was legally carrying an AK-47, approached Perry, who shot and killed him.
Perry claimed he acted in self-defense, but a jury found him guilty of murder in April 2023. He was found not guilty of aggravated assault. He is currently awaiting sentencing ranging from 5 years to life in prison. Perry had made numerous posts and direct messages on social media expressing his desire to shoot protesters, which, along with contradictory statements to eyewitness accounts, called his claim of self-defense into question.
Following Perry's conviction, conservative commentators and politicians urged Texas Governor Greg Abbott to pardon him, citing Perry's claim of self-defense. Texas U.S. Representative Ronny Jackson was among those who called for Perry's pardon. Abbott has since directed the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to consider Perry's pardon as soon as possible.
On the other hand, many people have been curious to know about Garrett Foster's girlfriend/wife. Well, here is everything you need to know.
Garrett Foster’s Girlfriend/Wife: The 28-Year-Old Was Already Engaged to His Long-Term Partner, Whitney Mitchell!
A man was shot and killed on the evening of July 25, 2020, in Downtown Austin, during a Black Lives Matter demonstration. The Austin Police Department later identified the man as Garrett Foster. Later, in an interview with Good Morning America, Garrett Foster's mother, Sheila Foster, claimed that her son and his girlfriend-turned-fiancée, Whitney Mitchell, were a regular presence during the protests in Austin. Yes, Garrett and Shelia were already engaged and prepared to become a husband and a wife.
Garrett Foster and his girlfriend-turned-fiancée, Whitney Mitchell.
According to Sheila Foster, Garrett's girlfriend-turned-fiancée went into septic shock when she was 19 & lost all four of her limbs and was in Garrett Foster's care ever since. Furthermore, he served in the military briefly but was discharged early due to Mitchell's depression. Previously, Sheila told GMA,
I saw my son at 19 years old brush this girl's teeth, comb her hair. He would put her on the toilet and clean her up, and he would make sure that she got bathed and make sure that she was able to get dressed and took her everywhere that she needed to go. And he's been doing that ever since. They just bought their house in Austin two years ago.
Similarly, in an interview with KVUE, Mitchell's mother, Patricia Kirven, referred to Foster as Mitchell's fifth limb. She explained, "Whitney is not good. Heartbroken is not enough to describe her. She's just broken because he's been a part of her life for more than 10 years. She lost all four limbs, he was her other limb and they took him away from her. He even learned to braid her hair! You don't see a lot of guys do that. After the Air Force, he came back to Whitney. They were attached at the hip."
Sheila Foster, who was visibly moved after the news of the death of her son, praised Garrett Foster as one of the best young men she had ever known. She also said he and his girlfriend were about to marry as soon as Mitchell could master her prosthetics and walk down the aisle.
Garrett Foster’s Trial: Legal Action Is Being Taken!
Daniel Perry is currently awaiting sentencing which could range from 5 years to life in prison after the murder of Garrett Foster in Austin on July 25, 2020. The trial for Foster's murder took place nearly three years after the incident, from the end of March to the beginning of April 2023.
Daniel Perry has been found guilty of the murder of Garrett Foster.
Source: The Austin Chronicle
The prosecution contended that because Foster was exercising his right to open carry, Perry had no justification for shooting him. The prosecution also revealed that Perry had made multiple posts and direct messages on social media expressing his desire to shoot Black Lives Matter protesters, writing in messages, "I might have to kill a few people on my way to work, they are rioting outside my apartment complex, and I might go to Dallas to shoot looters." Where Perry's friend also responded by warning him about inciting protesters, saying, "We went through the same training ... Shooting after creating an event where you have to shoot, is not a good shoot."
Perry also stated that someone could shoot protesters and claim self-defense. Perry's defense claimed that Texas's stand-your-ground law shielded him legally and that he feared for his life after Foster allegedly pointed his weapon at him. The prosecution claimed that there was no evidence that Foster pointed his weapon, and other eyewitnesses contradicted the defense's account.
The prosecution also emphasized that Foster's weapon was recovered with the safety on and no bullets in the chamber, so pointing his weapon would not have made sense. Jurors were shown a video of Perry's police interrogation, during which he said the following about Foster and how Foster held his weapon:
I believe he was going to aim it at me … I didn’t want to give him a chance to aim at me.
After a week of deliberations, the jury found Perry guilty of murder but not of aggravated assault on April 7, 2023, causing Perry's friends and family to sob as the verdict was read. According to Foster's father, "We're happy with the verdict. We're very sorry for [Perry's] family as well. There's no winners in this. Just glad it's over."