SAN DIEGO - A group of car lovers gathered in Kearny Mesa on Sunday to raise money for the family of a local former Navy SEAL who was killed in Libya.
It is not unusual to see cars peeling out of the parking lot of the JBA Speed Shop during its monthly "Coffee and Cars" event.
However, this month had a different meaning. The focus was on Tyrone "Ty" Woods, a former Navy SEAL from Imperial Beach who was killed in Libya in September. The 41-year-old was working security detail at the U.S. consulate.
"He was the tip of the spear when it came to being a SEAL, but you didn't see that personality in the store," said J. Bittle, the owner of the JBA Speed Shop. "He was just one of us."
Bittle said aside from his family and his job, Woods loved fixing and racing cars and was a regular at his shop. Organizers said Sunday's event at the shop would be the perfect way to raise money for Woods' wife and son. All of the donations from the event will go towards his son's college education. If you would like to donate, click here.
Carl Bernstein served with Woods years ago. He said the turnout from Sunday's event would have made him proud.
"He's not the kind of guy that would ask for any thanks for anything in return," said Bernstein. "He was just a good person and a very patriotic man."
Another way organizers plan to honor Woods is by dedicating an entire wall inside the store in his memory. They tell 10News they will hang photos and memorabilia that his family and friends bring in.