Jim Vester, an Iraq War veteran, arranged to buy an iPad in Indianapolis and went to exchange money for the device but was shot dead instead.
Vester, 32, was killed by two teenage brothers, Tryon Kincade, 19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18, police say. The brothers are being held without bond.
Vester arrived at an apartment complex on the west side of Indianapolis to purchase the iPad, but was killed by the Kincades instead, police say.
Vester leaves behind his wife Jamie and his one-year-old son Gavin.
He had served one year in Iraq and had just gotten a new job as a military mechanic, reported the Indianapolis Star.
Vester knew that the neighborhood he was going to “wasn’t the best” so he went in the middle of the afternoon, around 4 p.m., family friend Sarah Hill said.
An online fundraising page for Jamie and Gavin has raised over $64,000 so far.
Jamie is a photographer.
“Please keep Jamie, Gavin and the entire family in your thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks as they lay Jim to rest and try to heal,” it says. “Give as you are able, any and all monetary donations will go directly to the Vester family.”