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Family of deceased man involved in road rage incident wants answers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Family members of a man killed in what police call a road rage incident, say he was the victim and that he would never start a fight.

Justin Beeler’s family says he would have turned 30, just four days after Christmas.

He went to college, worked for Papa John’s Corporate Office as a web developer, and had never been in trouble with the law.

They’re now looking for answers as to what happened Tuesday afternoon just moments before he died.

"I got a phone call from my wife," said Brandon Beeler, Justin’s brother. "Something happened to one of my brothers and I immediately picked up my phone and called my mom."

It’s the call the family will never forget.

"She told me Justin had gone to heaven.”

The car he was driving nearly split in half by a tree. Justin died on scene. His entire family is still in shock. Brandon said Justin was like a father.

"He taught me everything I know. I couldn't and still can't believe that he was gone."

LMPD says Justin was involved in a road rage incident with the driver of a silver Chrysler.

"Definitely doesn't seem like Justin's character to do something like that," said Brandon.

The brother, son and uncle was killed on the last day of his vacation. His mom says he was about to pick up his girlfriend and head to Kentucky Kingdom.

"We've tried to call police and we haven't been able to get a lot of information," said Brandon.

Before the accident, Justin and the other man involved were seen on security video from a nearby liquor store. Justin's family says he left nearly a minute before the guy behind him.

“From what we've seen Justin's being portrayed as an aggressor, but how can he be an aggressor if he gets in his car and drives away, and then 40 seconds later this guy comes and follows him," Brandon asked.

Witnesses say the two were speeding down Southern Parkway and that Justin had fired shots at the other driver. His family says his life must've been in danger.

"I feel like he had to be threatened," said Brandon.

The case is still being investigated and will likely be handed over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. LMPD says the other man involved has not been charged.

"We want to know why he said he was a US marshal when he was not. What is the point of this? Why did he follow my brother, which eventually led to him dying?"

LMPD says in fact the other man involved was neither an undercover officer, nor a U.S. Marshal.

Justin Beeler's funeral is set for Monday.

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