Friends and patients remember Dr. Juan Gonzalez
Friends of the slain Dr. Juan Gonzalez say he was a special person who would do anything to help others.
Police have arrested Omer Ahmetovic of Bowling Green Wednesday in the investigation into Gonzalez's death.
Those who knew Gonzalez say he was a very spiritual man who would do anything to help others.
"He always had a smile on his face," says one patient, "He was so exuberant and happy and so excited to see people come in. He was one of those people who welcomed you with open arms with a big hug and you felt completely welcome and warm from his presence."
According to his bio on his website, Dr. Juan Gonzalez was a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor working towards his PhD in Integrative Medicine.
He wrote that his dreams of attending college were made possible by enlisting in the U.S. Army.
With his education, he claimed he wanted to "find a way to provide healing not just for [himself] but for everyone."
"I learned a lot from him," says another patient and friend, "because he was so knowledgeable and he would just talk for hours and just go above and beyond to help you. He mad ea lot of friends that way."
A number of people say they went into Dr. Juan's office looking for help but walked out with something much more special than a normal Doctor-patient relationship.
"My son who has a heart condition," says one person, "I took him into Dr. Juan and beyond that, we just became good friends. We would sit and we would talk and it would just be enlightening, amazing conversation. It was always a pick-me-up whenever I was around him. He just genuinely cared about people and genuinely felt a duty to serve humanity."
Some people are trying to remember the way Gonzalez lived to move forward after his death.
"One of the things that stands out in my mind about him was something that hew would say," explained another patient and friend. "Through forgiveness and unconditional love you release something in yourself that brings whole healing to your body. I found that very true that we can forgive others, we can then find unconditional love."
Police have not released any information regarding a motive behind Dr. Gonzalez's killing.