Fiancée of man killed in partial building collapse begged him no - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Fiancée of man killed in partial building collapse begged him not to work there after initial work injury

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28th and Grand Ave. 28th and Grand Ave.
John Dozier John Dozier

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The aftermath of a fatal building collapse sits behind road closed signs at 28th Street and Grand Avenue. The building is now fully demolished.

“A lot of people in the community have had serious concerns about the safety of that building over the past several years,” said Jerald Muhammad, a family friend of the victim.

Friday evening 71-year-old John Dozier was killed in the collapse at Les' Meat Market. He was pinned between a large metal beam and a metal drum barrel. His longtime fiancée, Jacqueline Whitaker saw the collapse on T.V. and knew in her gut something was wrong. She went straight to the scene.

“They still hadn't got him out, but they [were] telling me that they found him but they can't get him out,” Jacqueline Whitaker said.

To her, seconds felt like hours.  

“I said oh Lord he must be dead, and that's when the people said yes he is deceased,” she said.

Whitaker had begged the man, who she spent almost 20 years of her life with, not to return to the meat market after he had been injured there two years ago.

“He fell through the upper floor, through the roof and he went to the emergency room,” Muhammad said.

“He didn't need to be working there. It was too dangerous,” Whitaker said.

Muhammad knew Dozier for 15 years. He said on Friday he was cleaning outside the building, one of his many odd jobs to earn an income.

“For someone to have a building in such a condition to where it can fall down and cause the loss of life for someone standing outside of the building ... that is unacceptable,” Muhammad said.

Dozier was in the process of moving - the only picture of him not boxed up was his driver's license. Right now all Whitaker is left with are fond memories of her loved one and the laughs and smiles they once shared together.

“He used to love to walk and I used to tell him I can't go that far, I can't go that far,” she recalled fondly.

No formal charges have been filed.

Family and friends feel the owner of the building is responsible for the death and should help pay for burial expenses.

One person killed when building partially collapses in Parkland neighborhood

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