Vigil Held to Raise Awareness for Murdered Baltimore Tow Truck DriverNov 15th, 2010 | By Editorial Staff | Category: Maryland, National News
A vigil was held Sunday, Nov. 14, in Baltimore, Md., to raise awareness for a deceased tow truck driver, murdered Nov. 1 while on the job, according to reports.
Andy Joyce, 23, was shot in the chest at close range while out on a friendly call for Quick Response Towing, the company he began working for only three weeks prior to his death. He was pronounced dead when police arrived at the scene, slumped over the steering wheel. The gunman took nothing — not his wallet, the two cell phones in the cab, nor the GPS system, reports state.
Joyce was answering a service call in an area with many abandoned rowhouses on Nov. 1 at about 12:30 a.m. The owner of the disabled vehicle – a woman with a small child – gave Joyce the keys to her car and got a ride home, officials said. More than an hour later, a passerby noticed the Quick Response truck’s driver-side door ajar and the driver slumped over in the seat, according to reports.
Police say they found his tow truck with its bed down, ready to load the disabled vehicle. He had pulled cables back, but he had not hooked them to the car – something made him leave the cables and go back inside the truck, says Gordon Kelly, owner of Quick Response, according to reports.
During the candlelight vigil, Kelly told the crowd that Joyce would have received $15 out of the $50 his company charged for the call.
About 40 tow trucks from Quick Response, Greenwood, Universal, Frankford, Ted’s, GRI, MEI, Mc-N-Mc, Mel’s, AAA, Cherry Hill and Auto Barn towing companies were parked on both sides of Mosher Street, the street where Joyce was killed. A 75-ton truck from Auto Barn filled the middle of the block and raised a crane, with a U.S. flag on the end, high into set-up flood lights, reports state.
Joyce, the father of a 7-month-old boy named Zeke, was described as a person who lived life to its fullest, although he had a tough childhood. He grew up with twin brothers, both diagnosed with Batten Disease. His brother Joseph died in March 2000 and Ian in December 2003 as a result of complications from the disease. His father, a Verizon manager, spoke out against the unnecessary violence done to those performing public services to the community during the vigil, according to the report.
No arrests have been made in the killing, one of the major reasons for the vigil. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.