Son witnesses father’s death during Craigslist sale of boy’s dirt bike

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Two Florida teenagers face charges after allegedly killing a man in front of his son Tuesday during a meeting arranged on Craigslist.

Stuart Beck, 15, had grown too big for his prized dirt bike and was ready to sell it, so the family decided to look for a buyer.

"I got it as a Christmas present and I worshiped it because it came from my dad," Beck told WFLA-TV. "He taught me how to ride.  It started as his hobby and moved on to mine."

Stuart's father, James Beck, posted an ad on Craigslist and it didn't take long for an interested buyer to set up a meeting.

The father and son went to a neighborhood in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday night, where they met 16-year-old Ramontrae Williams and 17-year-old Dontae Johnson, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Police said the boys stole the dirt bike and shot Stuart's father in front of him.

"He was a wonderful man," Stuart said of his father. "He had a great sense of humor, always knew how to make someone laugh."

Officers found the dirt bike near Williams' home and arrested both boys on murder and armed robbery charges.

If convicted, Williams and Johnson could spend the rest of their lives in prison.

"He always had a smile on his face and he made the whole room happy," Stuart Beck said.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help the family.