PORTAGE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - The final suspect arrested in the murder of Kent State student Nick Massa of Westlake appeared in juvenile court in Portage County.
The 17-year-old is said to be the driver the night Massa, 18, was gunned down in an off-campus apartment in Kent Feb. 7.
The minor was referred to only as AJP in juvenile court and had his case bound over to the adult court after answering questions from Judge Robert Berger in a quivering voice. He is being held on a $2 million bond.
Certainly today was about what happened a Kent apartment on Super Bowl Sunday but in a larger measure it was about the harsh reality the crime inflicted on Nick Massa's family and expressed eloquently by his father.
"No parent should ever see their child in a body bag," said Joe Massa.
Joe Massa clutched a family photo from a Florida vacation two years ago picturing Nick and his three sisters. It was a place he and his dad loved for the fishing and a place he may have settled saying, "I really looked forward to that." The senselessness of the crime is hard for the Massa's to deal with.
Police say they were called to Ryan Place Apartments around 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. When they arrived, they found Massa dead of an apparent gunshot wound.
"My apartment just got robbed and my friend got shot!" the 911 caller told the dispatcher. "My friend is passing out please hurry up and get here!"
The caller described an apparent robbery before the shooting, saying several men were involved.
"They came in and asked for all the money and they had guns on us and they said that they were going to shoot, and my friend said 'you're not going to shoot' and then they f****** shot him!"
Massa's family expressed how the crime has affected their family.
"My son was shot, he was murdered while sitting on a sofa with his hands in the air. He was shot in the heart, he died almost instantly for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He didn't know any of the individuals involved," Joe Massa said.
Joe Massa pledged to make sure all those involved spend as much time as possible in prison, but he also has another goal.
"For all of you out there that have a gun and you have it illegally, turn it in. You're gonna go to jail. Our community needs to heal and love each other no one needs to go through what we're all going through," Massa said.
The other two suspects, Marquis Grier and Ty Kremling were indicted on murder charges. Both 17-years-old, will be tried as adults in Massa's murder.
Both pleaded not guilty at their arraignment and bonds were continued at $2 million.
The two will be back in a Portage County courtroom on June 13.
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