BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Family of the Battle Creek 17-year-old who was killed earlier this week says he offered the suspects a ride home from a birthday party before he was shot.
Battle Creek Central High School student Jack Snyder was found next to his car around 12:10 a.m. Friday in the area of Battle Creek Avenue and Capital Avenue. EMTs tried to help him but he died at the scene, police said.
Snyder’s family commended Battle Creek police “for bringing this to a quick resolution.” They were also thankful to the community for the support, from area schools painting spirit rocks in his honor to basketball teams wearing parent-made shirts bearing his picture before a game.
Snyder’s uncle told News 8 his nephew was at his girlfriend’s birthday party Thursday night. Since the weather was cold, he went to warm up his car and saw two kids walking. He offered them a ride. They tried to carjack him, police said.
“The victim was trying to be a good Samaritan by giving them a ride with the cold temperatures. I do know that he resisted the carjacking. So again, he was trying to help out but wasn’t just going to give over the car,” Battle Creek Police Department Sgt. Jeff Case said at a Tuesday news conference.
Two shots were fired and Snyder was killed.
Over the weekend, a 14-year-old Battle Creek boy was arrested in connection to the killing and a 13-year-old turned himself in. A weapon was also recovered. Police did not say which boy fired the gun or where he may have gotten it.
Both teens are being held at the Calhoun County Youth Center. The 14-year-old was expected be arraigned on an open murder charge Wednesday and the 13-year-old was charged with open murder Tuesday. Both were expected to be charged as adults.
The two suspects are friends but have no relation to Snyder. Though Case would not say if the either has a criminal history, he did say police “have dealt with them before.”
A GoFundMe has been set up for Snyder’s family.
— News 8’s David Horak contributed to this report.