Crime

Funds established to help Jon Bieker’s widow following Shawnee gun shop shootout

Jon and Becky Bieker
Jon and Becky Bieker Courtesy of the family

Three funds have been established in memory of Jon Bieker, the gun store co-owner who died following a Friday robbery attempt and shootout at the She’s A Pistol shop in Shawnee.

The Kansas State Rifle Association established one of the funds.

A post on the organization’s web site noted that “all donations will be given to Jon’s wife, Becky Bieker, to help with funeral expenses or other expenses incurred from this terrible tragedy. It is at this time that the generosity and compassionate hearts of Kansans can help with one of our own.”

To donate, go to www.ksraweb.net/.

Two separate accounts have been established on the online GoFundMe fundraising site.

One fund, accessed at www.gofundme.com/jz27b4, has been established by Tarra Stoddard, the editor of “The American Woman Shooter” magazine.

“We believe in helping our sisters in the industry,” Stoddard said in a note posted on the site. “The funds will be spent as Becky sees fit.”

Stoddard added that she did not expect the Shawnee shop to open up soon.

“With no income coming in we would like to make sure she can order a hot meal when she needs it,” she said.

Sharon Auck of Lenexa, a friend of Becky Bieker, established the other GoFundMe account, available at www.gofundme.com/jzjvjo.

The crime has left Bieker and her family facing many expenses, Auck wrote, including “insurance deductibles, hospital expenses, burial expenses and as well as hiring someone to perform some of Jon’s duties connected to their business. There is a loss of income as currently their business cannot be open due to the Crime Scene Unit.

“Becky will have sole access to withdrawing of any funds donated on her behalf.”

To reach Brian Burnes, call 816-234-4120 or send email to bburnes@kcstar.com.

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