In Tampa, Florida, a 15-year-old boy watched two teenagers murder James Beck in front of him while trying to negotiate the sale of his dirt bike on Tuesday.
When Stuart Beck, 15, outgrew his child’s dirt bike, his father James Beck decided to help his boy sell it. Beck figured this would be a great opportunity to teach his son some basic business skills, so he posted the bike for sale on Craigslist.
But when Beck orchestrated a meeting for the bike, two Tampa teenagers arrived and then murdered him in cold blood. And 15-year-old Stuart watched his father die right in front of him…
Stuart remembers the day when his 44-year-old father bought him the prized dirt bike.
“I got it as a Christmas present and I worshipped it, because it came from my dad,” Beck told WFLA-TV. “He taught me how to ride. It started as his hobby and moved on to mine.”
James posted an ad on Craigslist. It didn’t take long before an interested buyer messaged him and James started to organize a meeting.
James brought along his boy to meet 16-year-old Ramontrae Williams and 17-year-old Donate Johnson because they expressed interest. It was about 7p.m. on Tuesday.
While instructing his boy how to make a business deal, Williams and Johnson stole the bike and then shot James right in front of Stuart.
“He was a wonderful man,” Stuart said of his father. “He had a great sense of humor, always knew how to make someone laugh.”
After the 911 call was made, the police found the dirt bike abandoned near Williams’s home. Both men were arrested on murder and armed robbery charges.
With all the evidence against them, it seems likely that Williams and Johnson might spend the rest of their lives in jail.
“He always had a smile on his face and he made the whole room happy,” said Stuart Beck through tears.