Victim, accused killer were 'best fri...

Victim, accused killer were 'best friends'

There are 11 comments on the Grand Rapids Press story from Jan 23, 2007, titled Victim, accused killer were 'best friends'. In it, Grand Rapids Press reports that:

Two West Ottawa High School students -- one a murder victim and the other charged in the killing -- were described as "best friends" by relatives of the suspect Monday.

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stockton ca

San Jose, CA

#1 Jan 23, 2007
My deepest condolences to the Van family. My thoughts and prayers are with you thru this tragic event.
Bunker Hill Townie

Grovetown, GA

#2 Jan 24, 2007
a 17 year old hangin out with a 14 year old..

many times its an invitation to trouble.
His Homegirl

Holland, MI

#4 Jan 24, 2007
I was friends with both of them and they were not friends. Tony acted fake to Felipe when he was around but behind his back, Tony talked about him. It wasnt an accident cause u just dont shoot your homeboy. I love Tony and forgive him but i wont forget. Felipe never did anything to anyone and thats what hurts the most. All of our friends are trying to raise money to help his family pay for the funeral, any thing will help
R.I.P Felipe
You will never be forgotten Flip and we love you!!
ashley blas

Holland, MI

#5 Feb 9, 2007
yah i think alot different i also knew tony and well he saved my life he and my sister liz where going out for a long time and i was trying to kill my self and tony told my parents and they got me some help and if it werent for him i would not be righting this and i give the family of felipe my sorrys and i can almost relate to this becuse my best friend jr got shot in the face and his guy only got 9 months slap on the hand and well i think this is diff becuse they are mexican that is just my thoughts i mean other people have theres but my point is that i do not think tony did it on purpose
u know

Holland, MI

#6 Feb 21, 2007
I think that in first place nobody should be playin round like prayers go out to both families understanding how it is to lose hurts..i don't really understand the whole gang thing but there should be a line that people shouldn't cross n with this whole thing its been crossed..people make mistakes we can't change the past but we can use our brains to prevent something like this to happen again or something even worse from happening..these r just my thoughts..both of them went to my school i didn't know them but these kind of things make u think n hopefully we can learn from all of this and make changes, GOd bless those who read this n Tony's fam as well as Felipe may he rest in Peace
rest in peace

Brownsville, TX

#7 Feb 22, 2007
I knew felipe he was my homeboy we drank together but now we cant rest in peace van my nikka

Grand Haven, MI

#8 May 5, 2010
"ashley blas" i'm sorry but just because tony saved your life doesn't mean he didn't have the heart to shot felipe. He might of saved your life, but he took another persons. "his homegirl" you're right. tony did talk shiet behind felipe's back. he was always borrowing felipe's stuff & felipe was a nice person to everyone. he was friends with everyone. it wasn't gang violence of why he shot him. they were arguing about who was stronger. they wrestled, felipe won, tony got mad. i still think it's on purpose. tony had the gun for a week, nobody told anyone, but tony shot it the night in the woods and pointed the gun to others too. so i know he knew what he was doing.
a friend of both

Holland, MI

#10 Mar 2, 2012
Nobody should have anything negative to say especially because none of yall were there or involved. Yall don't understand how their familys felt or are feeling, neither do you understand how felipe or tony felt. Felipe was a good guy & i know he forgives tony. That's what good people do. Hes in a better place. I used to write tony for almost 5 years and he told me himself it was an accident. Come on now why would you hang with some one you want to kill ...and why would you shoot someone out of the blue knowing the repercussions. Use your head people. Accidents do happen. Felipes family forgave tony so yall should just fall back. It's cool to remember the times and miss them but negative talk is unwanted nor is it needed. Tony is handling his part. Rest in paradise felipe you are truly missed. And tony keep your head up foo there's always sunshine after the rain.
Gaily Prak

Atlanta, GA

#11 Dec 14, 2012
Everytime I see a shooting it reminded me of my nephew who was the victim in the highlight. I don't care whatever the new's are people say that they were best friend but that was just wrong even tho it was an accident or so. He should be put to life in prison without any parole. That is just from my thought's. Once some take out some other people lives they should be punish of what they have done...
Gaily Prak

Atlanta, GA

#12 Dec 14, 2012
May you rest in peace dear nephew Felipe Van. Everyday that I look at your picture make's me want to wrong all the time. You was the oldest nephew in our family that will never be forgotten... The Prak family misses you always especially your grandma and grandpa....

Since: Oct 12

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#13 Feb 10, 2013
You must understand, that within any police department, homicide usually has one of the highest clearence rates of any crime....meaning it is usually commited by someone the victim knew....husband kill's wife....girlfriend kill's boyfriend....friend kill's friend....etc.

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