Brothers arrested for west Indianapolis Craigslist murder

James Vester, 32, was shot and killed during a deal he set up on Craigslist.
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Teenage brothers have been arrested for the murder of a man who thought he was meeting them to buy an iPad featured in a Craigslist ad

Police arrested Tryon Kincade, 19, and his 18-year-old brother Tyshaune and preliminarily charged them with murder and robbery. The Kincade brothers were allegedly involved in the shooting death of James Vester on Wyckford Drive Wednesday afternoon.

It's a picture that's been shared thousands of times on social media, seen across the country and perhaps beyond - Jim and Jamie Vester and their one-year-old son, Gavin.

"I've had friends that do not know Jamie that have said, 'I look at this picture and I see my young family. I see me. I see my kids'," said Sarah Benson, a close family friend.

Maybe because of that, what happened is so relatable. A deal found on Craigslist, an iPad, as a Christmas gift. Only in this story, the ending is tragic.

"Pay full price. A Craigslist deal is not worth a life. Just pay full price," said Benson.

Wednesday afternoon in a parking lot at the Wyckford Commons apartments, 32-year-old Vester arrived to make the iPad purchase, only to be met with gunfire.

"Do they sit and realize that they've taken this little boy's father away from him," Benson asked about the brothers accused of murder.

Police won't comment on the investigation, but friends say Jim, a sergeant first class in the National Guard, was armed with a handgun. They also say the suspects got away with nothing.

"I think what's hard for Jamie and for all of us to understand, is that the gun that Jim was carrying was left on him. And the money was left on him so in theory, the only thing they really took was his life," said Benson.

Now, friends and strangers have come together to support a widow an her little boy, raising more than five times their initial goal of $10,000.

"Good will always outweigh evil. Always has and always will," explained Benson.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will make a final decision on charges against the brothers after reviewing the case. Both teenagers are being held without bond in the Marion County Jail.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Cornerstone Christian Church, 8930 North State Road 267, Brownsburg. Burial with military honors will follow at Brownsburg Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 2013, at the church.

A fundraising website has been set up to help Vester's family.