New Dad Senselessly Murdered While Trying to Buy an iPad

jim vesterSometimes bad things happen to good people and it makes no sense. But other times really tragic and horrible things happen to multiple people, and it kind of makes you lose faith in, well, pretty much everything. This, sadly, is one of those stories. Sergeant First Class Jim Vester, who served in the Iraq war, was senselessly shot and killed on Wednesday when he was buying an iPad for his parents from someone who had advertised on Craigslist. He was 32 years old and left his wife, Jamie, and 1-year-old son, Gavin, behind.

Thankfully, the teen brothers who allegedly did this have been caught and arrested. And thankfully, there has been an extremely generous outpouring of support in the form of donations for the family. But still. Why on earth did this have to happen? A man dedicates a good portion of his life to his country, and this is how it ends for him? And he doesn't get to watch his son grow up now? Just doesn't make sense.


As of now, there's been no motive made public for the crime. Apparently, Vester drove to a bad neighborhood in Indianapolis to meet the person he thought was selling the iPad. He texted, "Are you here?" to one of the suspects, and they immediately texted back, "yes," and then allegedly killed him five minutes later. Brothers Tryon, 19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18, have been formally charged with murdering Vester. If found guilty, let's hope they never see the light of day again.

I'm sure Jim's wife and son will spend the rest of their lives wondering why this tragic incident had to happen -- and they'll clearly never get answers. So let's all hope they manage to find solace at some point down the road.

If you'd like to make a donation to the Vesters, you can do so here.

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