Gas station shooting victim was shot in head

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The man killed at the Lima Road Meijer gas station on Thanksgiving was shot in the head, an autopsy showed.

Jacob Walerko of Fort Wayne died of a gunshot wound of the head when he was shot while working at the Meijer gas station in the 6300 block of Lima Road on Nov. 23. The Allen County Coroner’s Office on Monday officially ruled Walerko’s death a homicide.

Walerko was identified to NewsChannel 15 earlier by family members and a close fried.

Victor M. Rivera, 21, of Fort Wayne, was arrested Friday. He faces charges of murder, felony murder, and robbery causing serious bodily injury, related to Walerko’s death.

The 25-year-old Walerko was described by his brother as “full of light.”

NewsChannel 15 also spoke to a close friend who says she is stricken with grief.

“I totally broke down crying. Like totally,” said friend Alexandra Washington. “He just turned 25 in October. It’s like being so young trying to get your life together. I cried. I really cried.”

Friday, police arrested 21-year-old Victor M. Rivera on multiple charges, including murder.