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4 suspects face murder charges in death of West Chester teen

Demarcus Staley (SOURCE: Bulter County Sheriff's Office) Demarcus Staley (SOURCE: Bulter County Sheriff's Office)
Justin Koch (SOURCE: Bulter County Sheriff's Office) Justin Koch (SOURCE: Bulter County Sheriff's Office)
Jibril Willingham (SOURCE: Bulter County Sheriff's Office) Jibril Willingham (SOURCE: Bulter County Sheriff's Office)
Rodney Foster (SOURCE: Butler County Sheriff's Office) Rodney Foster (SOURCE: Butler County Sheriff's Office)
WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) -

Four people are indicted on a combined 28 counts in connection with the murder of a 2015 Lakota High School graduate.

Tyler Kassow, 18, was shot inside Cincinnati-Columbus Road on Jan. 13. It happened during a home invasion, according to a family member.  

A Butler County Grand Jury indicted Demarcus Staley, 19, Justin Koch, 18, Jibril Willingham, 20, and Rodney Foster, 19 on murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and burglary and tampering with evidence.

Koch and Willingham were taken into custody one day after the shooting. Police arrested Foster and Staley on Friday.

Alex Kassow, Tyler’s brother, said the suspects approached his car when he arrived home on a Wednesday afternoon. They held him up at gunpoint and made their way inside, where Tyler was in his bedroom.  

"He hopped up from his bed to defend us.  He grabbed on to the shooter.  Me, my little brother and the shooter got in a scuffle and as soon as we went down the pistol went off and my brother got shot in the head,” Alex said.

Alex said his family was recently awarded money in a car accident settlement. He believes the suspects were after that settlement money.  

West Chester Police have not commented on a motive. 

"I really don't think it's fully sunk in yet for me.  I think I'm still a little in shock.  I was right there when he got shot,” Alex Kassow said.  “They came in for a robbery.  They didn't take anything.  They just shot my little brother and ran."

Kassow says his younger brother was a likeable young man with a plan to work in law enforcement.

"I wish I could have took the shot for him, man.  I really do.  I wish I could have done something different,” Kassow told FOX19 NOW.

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