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Group collects donations for lights on bike path

 Posted: 8:20 PM December 01, 2011

David Michael Grubbs, 23, was found murdered on the Central Ashland Bike Path near the Hunter Park tennis courts at about 5:35 p.m. Nov. 19. An autopsy showed that he was nearly decapitated from a weapon with a medium to large blade, police said.

Investigators said Grubbs didn't appear to make any defensive moves in the attack, and that his wallet and money were left in his pocket after he was killed.

So far, evidence points toward the attack being random because police are not finding any reason for Grubbs to have been targeted, said Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness.

Wednesday, an account at Umpqua Bank was set up to collect donations for a community effort to install lights along the entire Central Ashland Bike Path, and to build a memorial plaque in honor of Grubbs there.

Donations for the "David Michael Grubbs Bike Path Fund," can be made at any Umpqua Bank branch.

Brittany Hamer, 23, of Ashland, who said Grubbs was one of her close friends, set up the account to raise money for the effort.

She started collecting signatures on a petition for the effort a few hours before the beginning of a community forum with Ashland police Tuesday. By the end of the night, she had more than 200 signatures. By the end of Thursday, she had nearly 1,000.

Hamer said she will introduce her plan to the Ashland City Council at its next regularly scheduled meeting, Dec. 6.

There also is a reward fund set up for anyone who can provide information that leads to an arrest in the Grubbs homicide case.

The reward is currently $1,000, but community members can make contributions to the pool.

Anyone who wants to contribute to the fund can mail a check to the Medford Police Department, 411 W. Eighth St., with attention to Ruth Cox.

Checks can be made payable to "Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon for Grubbs reward," Cox said.

Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon established the reward fund on Monday.


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