Friends, co-workers remember slain tow truck driver in Gainesville

Published: Dec. 6, 2019 at 7:25 PM CST
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A Denton County tow truck driver was shot and killed while on the job.

The murder sparked state-wide attention, as wreckers from across the DFW Metroplex joined in his last ride through Gainseville Friday.

Zach Johnson, 24, was killed Monday morning.

He was out towing a vehicle when police say he was shot by a man who claimed to own the car. That suspect is now charged with murder.

Johnson's boss said this is something that happens far too often.

"This young man was simply doing his job." Joe Baker said.

Johnson's friends said he was an all-around great kid. He was also a volunteer firefighter in Callisburg.

Johnson had only been working as a tow truck driver for three weeks.

Joe Baker, owner of Texas Auto Towing Services, said he hopes people realize that wreckers are people too.

"When the tow truck shows up to get it, you know what's going on," Baker said. "They're just there doing their job, don't give them a hard time, your problems are not with that tow driver."

Johnson's death touched the hearts of drivers across the state, spurring dozens of wreckers to join in Johnson's last ride during the procession route to his funeral in Gainesville Friday afternoon.

Friends and family honored his life with flags, t-shirts and prayer. They hope Johnson's death to bring attention to the dangers tow truck drivers face.

"That's the least we can do, as far as all the wreckers and everyone who came out," said Lee Kennedy, Johnson's friend. "He deserves it."

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