FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- Jacob Beck’s family is speaking out after charges have been filed in connection with his death earlier this year. Adam Rice, 28, is accused of dragging Beck with his car, then leaving his body in the middle of Tonkel Road near Leo Crossing on Jan. 20.
It’s been almost a year since Beck was killed. Authorities struggled to piece together what happened that night with little help from witnesses. Now, court documents reveal new information about what led to his death. According to authorities it was a drug deal gone bad. The news shocked his family.
“It is out of his character,” said Dawn Goble, Jacob’s older sister. “It was all news to us. He was home all the time. He had his son most of the time. It wasn’t like he was out doing bad things.”
The night of Jan. 19, Jacob had gone to Dupont Bar and Grill after his shift was over at the Lucky Moose bar along Dupont Road. That’s where he met Adam Rice.
“From what I understand Jacob was approached by the bouncer and asked to get something for [Adam] out in the parking lot,” said Goble. “Jacob made a phone call and the guy showed up. Unfortunately, Jacob was the one in the middle handing it off. He wasn’t a drug dealer. That wasn’t him.”
According to the probable cause affidavit Rice wanted to buy cocaine from Jacob. A drug supplier brought the cocaine to the bar. When Jacob went to give Rice the drugs, witnesses said Rice hit the gas, dragging Beck from the side of the car.
Just before 3 a.m. on Jan. 20 police and medics found Jacob’s lifeless body in the middle of the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“He didn’t deserve to die that way,” said Goble. “He didn’t deserve to be left in the middle of the road alone. The only thing I can think of is, it sounds like he died right away. He didn’t have to lay there alone and die. But no one deserves that. He didn’t do anything to deserve that.”
According to authorities, Adam Rice made no attempt to call 911 to report the incident. He’s charged with failure to stop after an accident resulting in death. It’s not the charge Jacob’s family had hoped for.
“When the case very first came out, we met with detectives and were hopeful that there would be a murder charge, because this was intentional,” she said.
Still the family hopes Rice will be brought to justice, even though there is a void that his sister says can never be filled.
“You start to think about closure, but then you see his son here crying at Thanksgiving that his dad isn’t here,” she said. “His dad was apart of everything with him. We will continue to see that and have to deal with that. It’s a struggle. We just try to be strong for his son and do what’s right.”