Family remembers Dustin Wakefield as loving, compasssionate

Castle Rock resident, 21, killed while on vacation in Florida

Thelma Grimes
tgrimes@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/27/21

Lora Wakefield said her son, Dustin Wakefield, taught her more in life than she ever taught him. Family and friends remember 21-year-old Dustin as loving, compassionate and caring. Dustin, of Castle …

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Family remembers Dustin Wakefield as loving, compasssionate

Castle Rock resident, 21, killed while on vacation in Florida

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Lora Wakefield said her son, Dustin Wakefield, taught her more in life than she ever taught him. Family and friends remember 21-year-old Dustin as loving, compassionate and caring.

Dustin, of Castle Rock, was killed on Aug. 24, shot while defending his 1-year-old son from a man with a gun at a Miami Beach restaurant.

“He was the brightest light I have ever known even as a mom,” Lora said. “He made friends with all that he met and made all feel seen and heard. He mostly wanted his wife to know she is his queen and made her feel like the most beautiful woman in the room.”

Dustin only wanted the best for his family and would work hard for them, Lora added.

“(Dustin) loved in the most purest way,” Lora said. “As a mom, I can honestly say he taught me more than I taught him. He was a kiss from heaven to me.”

Lora said she wants to carry on Dustin's legacy to love and be caring. Dustin would want others to truly love, she said.

“My heart was ripped out of me, but I will do as he did and be love, light and peace to this world,” Lora said. “He is a heart of gold and a bright light to everyone he met. He never said bad things.”

As Dustin's friends and family try to make sense of his death, his uncle Michael Wakefield called him a hero. On social media, Michael said he is proud that Dustin did what most fathers would do in trying to protect his son.

In the days following Dustin's death, family and friends described a loving father who wad dedicated to his church, dedicated to his family, and loved making music.

Following the news of Dustin's death, the Castle Rock community immediately stepped up to help the Wakefield family.

Michael created a GoFundMe account in Dustin's honor. As the tragedy received national attention, the fund raised more than $200,000 in 24 hours.

The Dads of Castle Rock group also became involved. Matt Zien, secretary of the local organization, said, “When something like this happens, this is what the Dads of Castle Rock are built for. When this happened, we were notified and immediately came together to rally the troops.”

Zien said Wakefield is a hero who protected his child.

“He is a dad who did something extraordinary,” he said. “He did what we are all about as fathers.”

Because GoFundMe has restrictions and time limits on when funds can be accessed, the Dads of Castle Rock created a Venmo account to allow family access immediately.

Within a day, the local community raised more than $40,000. Zien said the response from Castle Rock has been amazing.

“So many of us may not know Dustin, but he was a member of our community,” Zien said. “He is a dad with a young wife and was just starting to make a mark on this world. We are humbled and proud to have people who are so compassionate and loving in Castle Rock.”

To donate to Dustin's young family, visit the website at gofundme.com/f/fundraiser-for-dustin-family.

To donate through the Dads of Castle Rock, go to Venmo: @DadsOfCastleRock (#Dustin).

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