While police in Lawrence, Ind. try to piece together what happened the night 19-year-old Kyle Jobin was shot and killed outside a gas station, his grieving family is left with one conclusion.
He was just in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
Still, the January 4 shooting has his family baffled and law enforcement scrambling to find the suspects who approached his car and shot him dead.
“Part of us died that night, too,” said Kyle’s dad, Joe. “He was everything to me.”
Kyle was visiting his parents, Joe Jobin and wife Cyndi, during Christmas break from Vincennes University. He went out that tragic night to meet some friends before a snowstorm rolled in.
“It was the last part of the week, and there was a big snow storm coming,” recalled Joe Jobin. “I said Kyle, if you want to go hang out, you’ll want to do it tonight. You’ll want to be here tomorrow, because we’ll be snowed in.”
“We said ‘love you,’ and he went to spend the night at a friend’s.”
Authorities say Kyle had gone from his friend’s house around 2:30 a.m. to get a pack of cigarettes from the Marathon gas station. A witness told investigators four black men surrounded his car, knocking on windows and doors in an attempt to enter.
The witness ran to get help. When they returned, Kyle was slumped over the wheel with a gunshot wound to the head.
Jobin says it was 3:30 a.m., when they were awoken by a knock at the door.
“Being a service member, you hear different stories about having that call to your door. I opened up that door and I could remember my eyes going from law officer, to law officer, to chaplain. When I saw that chaplain, I knew it. Something very, very drastic had happened,” Jobin said, a retired Air Force vet.
“We jumped in the car as fast as we could, and we rushed to the hospital to spend what last little time we had with him, Luckily we had a little time. I’m not sure if he was really with us, but we got to hold his hand,” said Jobin, emotionally. “It was a terrible night and one I’ll never forget.”
Kyle died the next day.
“It’s so very hard, because Kyle never hurt anybody his whole life,” said Cyndi, his mother. “It felt like, why would they pick him? Why would they pick anybody?”
Police are investigating, but are asking for the public’s help in bringing the suspects in. Lawrence detectives say they’re looking for four black men, one wearing a maroon sweatshirt, who got out of a white SUV, possibly a Ford Expedition.
If you have any information regarding the shooting of Kyle Jobin, please call Crimestoppers anonymously at 262-TIPS. You can also text “Indycs” and tip to 274637 (Crimes).
Our prayers are with Kyle’s family.
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