Officials: Iraq War Vet Killed Trying to Buy iPad

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(CNN) -- Two Indianapolis brothers have been charged in the slaying of an Iraq war veteran who was trying to purchase an iPad through Craigslist, the Marion County prosecutor's office said.

James Vester, 32, was shot to death Wednesday in an Indianapolis parking lot. The father of a 1-year-old boy had served 12 years in the Indiana National Guard, including a year in Iraq.

He was a mechanic for the Guard and was a member of the Guard's ceremonial team, which appears at funerals and special events.

Authorities said Vester was responding to a Craigslist ad when he went to the west side of Indianapolis to purchase the iPad as a Christmas present for a parent.

Tyron Kincade, 19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18, both of Indianapolis, were charged Monday with murder and robbery. They were being held without bond in the Marion County Jail. It was unclear Monday evening whether the brothers had legal representation.

Vester's colleagues in the National Guard said he was a dedicated father and soldier. Friends have started a YouCaring.com fundraiser for Vester's family.

"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.

The Kincade brothers are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning.

23 comments

  • carol slates

    One knows nothing of the people who post on Craigslist. The only way to respond is in a very public place with another person with you. This is so sad. Hello, death penalty.

    • Edith Ann

      I agree, you never meet somebody you don’t even know don’t matter what they say they have to sell, your instincts will guide you. I would have never went into this place, I mean look at it, it just looks like crime,death and deceit. Who would want a used Ipad anyway? Too many germs.

  • Kevin B.

    it “seems” like Craiglist has outlived it’s usefulness. It appears it’s now been taken over by criminals. There are just too many stories in the news recently about Craiglist and it’s users. it’s time to move on to something safer in my opinion.

    • Ovoid

      The hate on craigslist is unjustified. I think Craigslist is a great tool when used properly. You have to understand what is safe and what is not. I have been using craigslist for years, and have made hundreds of successful transactions with other good people in the community. As with everything these days, it’s the media that puts such bold letters on tragic, yet uncommon events. They’re who need to be shut down

  • kathie

    I agree, Kevin. Abolish it or place a WARNING LABEL on each ad: “You enter into this transaction at your own risk.”

  • Mark

    sure, craigslist can be dangerous… as can be driving, walking, eating. You can get shot at McDonalds, etc, etc. Everyone is looking at the occasional pop-up of a craigslist transaction gone criminal, versus the countless tens of thousands of them that occur each day.

    It’s like an airplane crash. We have over 5000 flights a day in the US. One crashes and everyone begins to think flying is not safe.

    You can’t do the odds without the full picture of stats. And then you need to do the stats right, not spin’m where you want them to go (saw that in the military oh too much).

    May this honorable servant of our nation rest in peace in the hands of our Lord. And may the Lord provide some kind of peace and solace to the family and friends. And may the judge show no mercy in their sentence.

  • Chris

    Craigslist isn’t the problem here. It’s the 2 murderers that are the problem. Why don’t you talk about that? They should get the maximum penalty allowable by law for the murder of an American soldier, father, husband; a respectable man murdered by 2 scum bags.

  • Ditra Johns Curley

    THIS IS SO SAD. MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THE CHRISTMAS SEASON WILL NEVER BE THE SAME FOR HIS FAMILY. MAY YOU FIND STRENGTH IN EACH OTHER. AND DO NOT BLAME YOURSELF BECAUSE IT WAS TO BE A CHRISTMAS GIFT. THE BLAME SOLELY BELONGS TO THOSE HEARTLESS PEOPLE WHO WOULD RATHER KILL AND STEAL THAN WORK FOR WHAT THEY WANT. SORRY EXCUSES FOR HUMAN BEINGS.

  • Steve Louden

    Craigslist needs to be shutdown. NOW! This happens far, too, often. Look at the people who have lost their lives because of Craigslist! Something needs to be done about this NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This makes me sick! A man in the service, risking his life for the rest of us on a daily basis, and then through a Website that has a terrible history of luring unsuspecting people to their deaths, and now here is another person dead because of it! SHUT CRAIGSLIST DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Cody

      Look at the odds of something like this happening? This actually a rare occurrence. People need to take precautions when you do something like this. You go to a very public populated place, during the day, when there are plenty of people around. If they refuse too to do that, then stay clear of that person, that means there up to no good. I use Craigslist all the time. I go with somebody too, I make sure of that. Theres nothing wrong with craiglist, EBay is just as bad then as well. There’s plenty of people on Ebay that has local pickup only. You just gotta take precaution.

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