Shortly after midnight on Feb. 17, Jack Snyder was driving home from his girlfriend’s birthday party in Battle Creek and the temperature outside had dipped to about 12 degrees.
During the drive, Snyder spotted two teenagers walking by, so he pulled over and offered them a ride, Sergeant Jeff Case said.
According to Case, the pair, ages 13 and 14, then attempted to steal Snyder’s vehicle.
Snyder, who was shot twice, was found face down next to the vehicle when emergency personnel arrived.
Medics tried to revive the victim, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Around 2:00 a.m. on Feb. 19, police located the 14-year-old in a car parked in Battle Creek and he was taken into custody.
Around 5:00 p.m. the same day, the 13-year-old arrived at the Battle Creek Police Department with a parent and turned himself in.
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Both teens are being held at the Calhoun County Youth Center. The 14-year-old will be charged as an adult and the 13-year-old will be charged in a blended sentencing as a juvenile and an adult, officials said.
The victim was an avid soccer player during all four years of high school, his coach, Mel Carillo, told WWMT.
He added there was “nothing bad about that kid," who he called "smart" and "competitive."
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