James Vester, 32, an Iraq war veteran and 12 year member of the National Guard from Lizton, Ind., was shot and killed last week in an Indianapolis parking lot after responding to a Craigslist ad for an iPad he planned to buy as a Christmas present for his parents.
Two teenage brothers, Tyron Kincade, 19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18, both from Indianapolis, were charged on Dec. 9 with the murder and robbery of the war vet who leaves behind a wife, Jamie, and one-year-old son, Gavin, according to CNN.
The two teen suspects are scheduled to appear in court today to face those charges. The brothers are being held without bond in the Marion County Jail.
Friends of Vester’s from the National Guard described their colleague as a “dedicated father and soldier.”
"He had a huge heart and he was the type of person you could depend on," said Sgt. Maj. Tony Williams of the National Guard.
Jamie Vester’s friends have started a YouCaring.com fundraiser, with all proceeds collected to go to the Vester family.
According to the youcaring website:
Jamie is a local photographer here in Indianapolis. She lost her husband tragically in an attempted robbery shooting on December 4, 2013. Jim was a loving husband to Jamie and crazy in love with their one year old son, Gavin.
Please keep Jamie, Gavin and the entire family in your thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks as they lay Jim to rest and try to heal. Give as you are able, any and all monetary donations will go directly to the Vester family.
The Daily News reported that James Vester played soccer and was on the varsity wrestling team in high school. After marrying his wife Jaimie in 2005, he was deployed to Iraq only a few months later.
Rest in peace Sgt.1st Class James Vester.
For more on the tragic and senseless slaying of Iraq war vet James Vester, see the video accompanying this article.
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