KENT, Ohio--More than 200 people gathered on campus at Kent State University Tuesday night to remember and honor 18-year-old Nicholas Massa. The young man from Westlake was tragically shot and killed Sunday after a home invasion off campus. Some friends and family members drove to Kent from Westlake while others gathered from across campus, including many members of the Greek community.
“Everyone's in shock no one can believe it,” said Brandon Gonos, a fraternity brother.
According to Kent police, Nick was visiting a friend at Ryan Place apartments around 4:45 PM when three suspects barged through the door and demanded money. Investigators say an altercation occurred and 17-year-old Ty Kremling, of Stow, fatally shot Nick.
Police quickly arrested the Stow High School student who’s been charged in Portage County Juvenile Court with one count of Delinquency by Aggravated Murder, although the case may be transferred to adult court.
At the vigil, Nick's loved ones were still struggling to accept and understand the senseless and random act of violence that claimed their friend.
They say Nick was always ready with a smile and kind word, passionate about his coursework and his fraternity Alpha Tau Omega.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Nick's family, click here to visit the page.