In a statement issued Friday through the Seattle law firm of Osborn Machler, Winkler’s uncle, Craig Dawson, described the 30-year-old who died earlier this week as “an incredibly giving young man” with “a bright wit and kind word for anyone he met.”
Dawson added the family is seeking to understand “the reasons why the sheriff’s deputies shot and killed John.”
Authorities in Los Angeles said Thursday that Winkler was a hostage who was fleeing from a knife-wielding attacker at a West Hollywood apartment.
Friends say Winkler moved to California six months ago.
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