Tieton shooting victim's friends share message of hope for shooter

Tieton shooting victim's friends share message of hope for shooter. (KIMA)

TIETON, Wash. -- The family and friends of the Tieton drive-by shooting victim are sharing more about the young man.

"Trae loved people, he brought a lot to our team, he was constantly serving," Dan Hayes said. Hayes is the director of the Antioch Christian Training School, or Acts. The victim was a part of a program preparing to be a missionary.

Trae Oyler, 20, is remembered as kind, giving, and a strong Christian. His friends and family, mourning the loss of the young missionary in training.

"That’s the main thing that I know about Trae is that he loved Jesus, he loved people because he loved Jesus," Hayes said.

Oyler was shot and killed Wednesday night in a drive-by shooting.

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The seemingly random shooting is a shock for Acts.

Dan says the hardest part of it all is the empty void that Trae once filled.

"He wasn’t someone who was just back in the corner hes someone when hes gone you notice," Hayes said.

One person was arrested Thursday for the shooting. Court papers said 27-year-old Saul Rios got in a fight with his girlfriend Wednesday night.

He sped off in his minivan, and reportedly shot the first car he saw.

Those shots killed Trae.

Detectives say Rios admitted to the shooting, saying, he doesn't know why he did it. Hayes said Trae's loved ones are praying for the suspect.

"We want him to know he’s loved, its not justified but hes loved by God," Hayes said.

Trae's church community is working to honor his life.

They're traveling to Thailand for a mission trip in a few weeks, continuing the work Trae felt called to do.

"That’s how I think Trae would’ve wanted to be remembered as someone who was doing his best to follow and to glorify God."

Court papers say deputies found the suspect after his van got stuck in the mud and neighbors reported a suspicious car. Deputies say they found a gun in the car.

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