An Iraq veteran who thought he was buying an iPad as a Christmas present after responding to a Craigslist posting, has been shot dead in an Indianapolis parking lot by the fake sellers.

New-dad Jim Vester, 32, was lured to an address on Wednesday in the west side of the city and brothers Tyron Kincade, 19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18, have been arrested after Vester was shot dead leaving behind his one-year-old son, Gavin and wife, Jamie.

In the wake of the senseless murder, nearly 1,500 people have donated $58,000 to a fundraiser set up by Vester’s family for the man described as a ‘great cook, loving father and faithful man.’

‘He would drop everything and cross town to help you and your family,’ friend Master Sgt. Jerry Wurm said.

Vester was a career military man, with 12 years of service in the Indiana National Guard, including a year-long tour of duty in Iraq in 2006.

‘I was (always) telling young soldiers that never had Jim’s food, I said, ‘Hey if Jim’s cooking, you better show up because it’s good and you won’t be disappointed,’ Wurm said.

Tyron Kincade, 19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18, both of Indianapolis, are being held without bond in the Marion County Jail on charges of murder and robbery.


His distraught family said that Vester had recently started a new job as a military mechanic and expressed their shock over his death.

‘He knew it wasn’t the best neighborhood, that’s why he went in the middle of the afternoon,’ said family friend Sarah Hill. ‘He was being careful.’

Kincade was taken into custody by police at around 7 pm after a traffic stop at the 7500 block of Pendleton Pike according to Indianapolis police.

‘He wanted to be a good husband and father his entire life,’ Hill said to the Indianapolis Star.

‘Jim is one of those guys who is just a really genuinely good guy who loved being a dad.’

Vester graduated from Yorktown High School in Delaware County in 2000 and was a sergeant first class in the Indiana Army National Guard, serving a one-year tour in Iraq starting in June 2005.

‘During this time, he proved himself to be one of the most proficient and reliable mechanics in the automotive section,’ the Indiana Army National Guard said in a statement.