Westlake HS grad victim of Kent shooting

Nicholas Massa, 18, was found dead inside a Kent apartment on Feb. 7. (Source: Facebook)
Nicholas Massa, 18, was found dead inside a Kent apartment on Feb. 7. (Source: Facebook)
Published: Feb. 8, 2016 at 10:27 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2016 at 11:49 PM EST
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Man found dead in apartment near Kent State campus. (Source: WOIO)
Man found dead in apartment near Kent State campus. (Source: WOIO)
Police say the man was fatally shot. (Source: WOIO)
Police say the man was fatally shot. (Source: WOIO)

KENT, OH (WOIO) - A 17-year-old has been arrested and charged in a deadly shooting near Kent State University.

With the help of Stow Police, Ty Kremling has been arrested in the shooting death of Nicholas Massa, 18. Massa graduated from Westlake High School in 2015.

Massa lived on campus, Cleveland 19 was told he was visiting a friend off campus when the shooting happened. Massa was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and he recently entered the college of business as a managerial marketing major.

Police say they were called to the Ryan Place Apartments around 4:15 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they found the victim dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

Cleveland 19 obtained the 911 calls that illustrate the scary moments.

"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!"

The 911 call lasted less than four minutes, but one person was able to tell police the name of the suspect, Kremling, before it ended.

In another 911 call, the caller said she saw men speeding away in a green pickup.

One of Massa's teachers at Kent State reminisced about the young man she had in class at the beginning of the year.

"Nick lit up the room the moment he came in. He was one of those people with a contagious smile," said Nicole Kotlan. "I think the news is very numbing. You don't want to believe that it would happen to anybody, let alone a Kent state student, or a student you had one on one interactions with, that there's just so much potential, and so much more for him to do."

Kent Police have not commented on other suspects, but Stow Munroe Falls City Schools, the district where Kremling was a student, issued a statement saying that the police were pursuing two suspects "from outside the Stow area that the Kent Police Department are currently pursuing."

That statement also said that two "Stow minors were also questioned and released."

Superintendent Tom Bratten was quoted as saying, "As a purely precautionary measure, the Stow Police Department has increased their presence and visibility at all School buildings. In addition, the Stow City School resource officer is presently on duty at the high school. School counselors have been notified and are on hand for any student needs."

A Flashline Alert was sent out to Kent students via email and text at 11:51 p.m., notifying students of the deadly shooting. It also stated there was no immediate threat to the Kent campus.

There are counseling and support services available to all students faculty and staff at Kent State. The university provided the below information to Cleveland 19.

"Counseling services and support are available to all students, staff and faculty members as we deal with our loss. Students may contact Psychological Services at the DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2487. Counseling is also available at the Counseling and Human Development Center, 330-672-2208, in White Hall or the Psychological Clinic, 330-672-2372, in Kent Hall. Residence hall students can contact their residence hall director with any questions or concerns. Any student may contact the Dean of Students at 330-672-4050 or"

Ryan Place Apartments are just a few blocks from the campus of Kent State University. The complex houses mainly students.

Kremling will be arraigned Tuesday at the Portage County Juvenile Justice Center. He's been charged with aggravated murder.  

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