OLATHE, Kan. -- Friends of the Olathe man shot and killed in a bar gathered for a benefit Friday night to raise money for his family.
The event came just hours after his suspected killer faced a judge for the first time.
Police haven’t released what led up to the murder, but a Facebook post by the Double Nickel bar where he killed say Billy Schutkesting was helping out with a “situation."
Celicia Harris, a bartender who used to work with one of the women involved in the situation, says that just the kind of guy he was.
“I’ve probably known him for 15 years and if he was in here, I didn’t have to worry about a thing. If I ever had any problems I’d just say, 'hey Billy,' and he was there,” she said.
Thirty-eight-year-old Billy Schutkesting was at the Double Nickel nearby Wednesday night when police say 28-year-old Michael Chinn Jr. shot and killed him.
By all accounts so far, it wasn’t a bar fight, but Schutkesting trying to come to women’s rescue. Court documents say Chinn assaulted one woman with a weapon and fired shots in the area of another.
Friday night’s pool tournament at Lumpy’s raised money for funeral expenses and Schutkesting’s three daughters and grandchild.
“I feel so bad for his kids, his family, his friends everybody, he had an impact on everybody, it didn’t matter where he went he was everybody’s friend just the guy he was,” Chad, a friend and co-worker, said.
The crowd raised a glass to their friend gone too soon, most of them drinking beer through a straw, the way Billy did.
“The worst part is he didn’t do anything wrong and he still was taken, I don’t see why a guy that good, why, it just doesn't make sense,” Chad said.
“He really went out of his way to protect us, I just never knew he was putting his life on the line by doing that. Now I do,” Harris said.
The Judge set Chinn’s bond at $1 million.