LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – James Bost, 49, is one of two victims killed at Green Acres Park in a double-homicide Saturday night. The other victim was 20-year-old Amaya Victoria Taylor-Sandifer.
After speaking with family and friends Sunday, it was revealed that James Bost was at one of his best friend’s birthday parties for his future step-daughter’s 21st birthday. Right after 1 a.m., Bost was helping fold chairs when shots were fired that took his life.
Bost’s mother, Gloria Schly, arrived in Lexington this weekend from Detroit.
“Right now my heart is so heavy, he was my only child,” Schly said.
The Campbell House in Lexington, where Bost worked for the last five years, offered Schly a room for her stay.
“They offered me… and I cried… I haven’t’ been able to cry,” Schly said. She’s been in shock over losing her only child, right before mother’s day.
“And it’s so hard, cause we talked every day ma’am. He had so much respect for me out of a mother,” Schly said.
Not only has a mother lost her only son, but three children have lost their dad, and friends like Lee Carter, have lost one of their own.
“He instilled a lot of wisdom and experience into me, and he was just a dear brother of mine,” Carter said.
Carter speaks highly of his Bost, along with his work ethic and character.
“He would laugh and he would demand you to shake hands with him every time we cracked a joke. He wanted a five. and that’s something that’s always put a smile on my face when I hung around him,” Carter said.
The family said this tragedy is sad and it hurts.
“It’s just unfortunate, the scenario that happened, and innocent by standard, getting caught in the crossfire,” Carter said. “It was not meant for J. It was not meant for the other victim, and that’s what’s so sad.”
The family and friends are spending time with each other to help get past the pain of losing Bost too soon.
“So we’ve just been sharing the good times, and giving thanks and just his life,” Carter said.
Bost’s family will be arranging to have him transported back to Detroit where his funeral services will be held on May 21.
Lexington Police are asking homeowners in the area to check their home security cameras to get an I.D. on the shooter.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Lexington Police by calling (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online at bluegrasscrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 tips app available at p3tips.com.