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Help a Photographer Whose Husband Was Murdered Over Craigslist Hoax

By Hanssie on December 5th 2013

Jim Vester, husband to Jamie Vester of Jamie Vester Photography  + Design was tragically killed yesterday when he answered a Craigslist ad to buy an iPad. When he arrived at a westside apartment complex in Indianapolis in the late afternoon, he was shot and robbed. There are no suspects in Vester’s murder.

Jim leaves behind a one year old son, Gavin and his wife, Jamie. Jamie is an Indianapolis photographer who wrote this on her Facebook business page: “This has been the worst two days of my life. My husband Jim Vester was killed last night while trying to do a Craigslist deal that obviously was a hoax. He was a wonderful husband and father, and I couldn’t have asked for a better man. I loved him more than words can express. Thank you everyone for your prayers and messages I have already received from family, friends, and the photography community. We have started a page for Jim that I will post in the comments. Obviously I won’t be doing any sessions for the month of December as I am grieving the loss of this wonderful man.”

Friends of Jamie have set up a You Caring fund to help Jamie and Gavin through this difficult time. So far over $30,000 have been donated with a goal of $50,000.To donate to this fund, click HERE.


This family photo was taken about a month ago, by photographer and friend, Sarah Hill

Jamie has set up a Facebook page, In Memory of Jim, in tribute to her husband, who had a 12 year career in the Indianapolis National Guard. Hundreds of people have posted so far, with many sharing stories of how Jim had touch their lives with his selflessness and servant’s heart.

It’s times like these that I’m proud to be a part of a community that bands together to help one of our own. My condolences go out to the Vester family during this difficult time and especially for little Gavin who had such a short time with his daddy.

[via @WTHR/You Caring]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Romin

    Our prayers are with the family.

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  2. Jon Brewer

    This as completely devastated and shocked the photo community here in Indianapolis. We are a very tight-knit community and many of us know one another very well. Please join us in supporting one of our own during this extremely fragile and devastating time in her life.

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    • Hanssie

      I can’t even imagine, Jon. Please send our well wishes to Jamie and we hope that the You Caring fund not only meets but exceeds the goal.

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