Tyrese Garvin, 20, was shot multiple times on June 23 after leaving University Hospital in Louisville, according to CNN affiliate WAVE3 News.
He spent several days in the ICU in the same hospital where his babies, a boy and a girl, were being cared for in the maternity ward.
He was pronounced dead on Friday, a family spokesperson told WAVE3 News via Christopher 2X.
Sad update. The 20-year-old who was shot while returning from visiting his newborn twins on Sunday has passed away, according to his family. https://t.co/CwlGIDTgAW
— wave3news (@wave3news) June 28, 2019
The newborns were taken to see their father before he died, the news station reported.
“He was very excited at becoming a father,” a family member named Gail told the station. “Then, something like this happens and his children will never get to know him. That’s sad.”
RIGHT NOW: The family of Tyrese Garvin, 20, is speaking for the first time to media. He was shot Sunday night in what @LMPD believes was a random drive-by shooting on Roselane Street. It happened right after his twin children were born. He remains on life-support. @WLKY pic.twitter.com/Wgy5sxo0i4
— Tre Ward (@TreWardWLKY) June 27, 2019
Police have said the shooting was random and arrested three people, ages 14 to 17, according to the station. Their names have not been released.
Garvin’s family launched a fundraiser to help cover funeral costs and medical expenses while he was in the ICU.
“Tyrese was taken from us way too soon, as he was a victim of the ongoing gun and gang violence surrounding the Louisville area,” the family said on the GoFundMe page.
“He was one of the hardest working young man you would ever meet and had just landed a job at GE. … He was full of energy and life and had a contagious smile. He was a father of two beautiful newborn twins that were his world. He was a best friend to many and loved by all,” the family wrote.
Murders and Violent crimes
The number of murders and violent crimes committed in the United States dropped slightly in 2017, according to new crime statistics released in September 2018.
“Crime declined nationwide last year, consistent with our earlier analyses of 2017 data in the nation’s 30 largest cities,” Ames Grawert, senior counsel for the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, told the Washington Times.
“That’s the good news. The bad news is that even while crime is falling, the number of Americans incarcerated remains near-record highs. Now is the time to address the problem.”
NTD News staff contributed to this article.