MILWAUKEE -- Friends are calling a Milwaukee stabbing victim a hero. Shawn Ostrom was killed outside of a bar near Brady Street Monday morning.
Ayla Boyle has known Ostrom for five years. She says Ostrom's selfless act ended up costing him his life.
"I'm more angry than sad right now," said Boyle. "It just sucks because so many people loved him so much, he didn't deserve any of that."
Boyle tells TODAY’S TMJ4 she talked to Ostrom's girlfriend, who says she saw what happened.
"He was trying to break off a fight outside from a former friend of his that he was very close to and she was getting beaten by her boyfriend," she said.
Boyle says Ostrom was stabbed when he jumped in trying to help.
"The police cannot always be there, so what can we do to stop the violence, to encourage people to stand up and be empathetic? Because that's what this city needs," she said.
Ostrom will be remembered as a great chef at the Pfister hotel, a man who loved the outdoors, and something much more for close friends like Boyle.
"I want him to be remembered as a hero because that's who he is,” she said. “He would have done that for any of his friends, he would have done that for me."
Police are still investigating what led up to the stabbing. Dozens of Ostrom's friends have planned a candlelight vigil outside of Thurman’s 15 for 6:30 Tuesday night.