Teen Shot and Killed by Carjackers After Offering Them a Ride Out of Kindness

A Michigan family is seeking justice after their 17-year-old son was allegedly shot and killed by two young teenagers following his act of kindness.

Jack Snyder, a high school honors student, was heading home from his girlfriend’s house when he offered a ride to two teenagers who were walking in the freezing weather.

According to Battle Creek Police Department Sgt. Chris Rabbitt, the suspects had “evil intent” and planned against Jack after getting into his vehicle. In an attempt to carjack him, they allegedly shot him twice. The incident occurred on the night of Feb. 17, 2023.

Jack was found next to his car in the road by officers after the police received calls about audible gunshots in the area. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Rabbitt, the suspects have been arrested after authorities received “a significant number of tips from the community.” They used “surveillance camera systems at multiple locations throughout the area” to help track their movements.

Two boys were allegedly seen in Jack’s car before the gunshots rang out, and authorities say they took off on foot.

The family is seeking justice for Jack and is asking anyone who may have seen anything to come forward. Authorities have also asked neighbors to check their security camera footage.

Jack was known for his kind nature, and his family and friends are grieving the loss of a young life full of potential. He was an honor student at his school, involved in extracurricular activities such as soccer and the American Red Cross. He had dreams of attending Grand Valley State University.

The incident has shocked the Battle Creek community, and authorities are still investigating the case. They have not yet released any further details about the suspects or their motive.