WOODWARD TOWNSHIP, CLINTON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — 21-year-old Jakob Lee Haines suffered a single, fatal gunshot wound Friday night.
“..He was my baby..”
Pennsylvania State Police say it happened inside a home up a private drive off Brewery Hill Road, Woodward township. Haines died at the scene.
“He was a very, very happy young man. He was just loved by so many people.” said Patty Kreitz, Jakob’s mother.
State police arrested 19-year-old Brian St. John III for the murder.
According to Patty, Haines and St. John III worked together for St. John’s father who owns St. John’s Masonry. She says her son died at St. John’s family home and was told there were several other people there at the time.
Troopers charged St. John III with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment.
“The comments that people put on calling this a tragic accident.. I want it to be known that I don’t believe this was an accident. I was raised around guns and you do not pick up a gun when you’re drinking, and you never point it at another human being.”
Kreitz says she’s struggling to cope with her the loss of her son, who had his whole life ahead of him. She says she wants haines to be remembered for his happy, goofy personality.
“He loved life he was just so happy; he had such a good heart, and he loved his family more than anything.”
In a written statement, Jakob’s girlfriend, Kaylea Yerger said, “Jakob was such a beautiful soul he touched the lives and was loved by soo many. He had the best personality he was so outgoing and caring. He was the life of the party for sure. He has made such a huge impact on everyone he crossed paths with, and I will forever be grateful to love and have a chapter in my life with Jakob Lee Haines. Anyone who knew him was lucky to know him and knew just how special he is.”