Family, Friends Remember Man Killed Trying To Stop Fight In Tulsa

Wednesday, March 3rd 2021, 6:15 pm

TULSA, Okla. -

Family and friends of Jath Burns say he was a kind man with a big heart. Police said Burns was shot and killed while trying to break up a fight inside his bar.

The shooting happened last Saturday at the Uptown Lounge near 61st and Peoria. 

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Burns' loved ones say as much as they are grieving, the overwhelming support they have received shows good of a person he was.

The family said they are starting a clothing line in his honor called the Fly High NY Kid Collection. They said the clothing line will start selling in August, and all proceeds from that collection will go to Burns' children.

Burns' nickname was "New York," since he was from there and friends said he always stressed how important home was to him.

Tiphanie Buckingham, one of Burns' employees, said his greatest quality was making sure everyone felt at home in his lounge, especially during their darkest times.

"Shortly after he gave me that job, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. She passed away, and New York got me through that," Buckingham said. "He helped pay for her funeral, he gave me a job, kept paying me, he did everything that he could to take care of me."

Police have not arrested anyone yet. A fundraiser has been set up to help the family with funeral services.