27 yr old Man Dies after being Shot in Gladwin County

HAY TOWNSHIP, MI – On Friday December 22nd, 2017, at approximately 7:30pm, deputies from the Gladwin County Sheriff’s Office responded to Hay Road, north of Highwood Road on a shots fired call. 

The initial call that 911 received was that at least one gunshot was fired and that someone been shot.

Deputies arrived at the scene and located a 21-year-old man, Tre Alan Friend, of Beaverton, who was later identified as the shooter. There was another man who was laying at the end of the driveway who was dead. The deceased victim was identified as Blake Vansnepson, 27-years-old, of Beaverton.

Upon the initial investigation, it was found that there was some type of discrepancy between the two men that escalated into the shooting.

Tre Friend was arrested and transported to the Gladwin County Jail. Friend has been arraigned on a charge of Open Murder, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and one count of Felony Firearm.

Tre Friend was arraigned in 80th District Court of Gladwin and was given a $1,000,000 bond. He remains locked up in the Gladwin County Jail.

Deputies and detectives from the Gladwin County Sheriff’s Department secured the scene and located potential witnesses that had left the crime scene prior to the arrival of deputies.

This case remains under investigation.  Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to call the Gladwin County Sheriff’s Department.

Obituary for Blake C. VanSnepson

Our loving father, son, brother, grandson, godson, cousin, and friend passed away Friday night on December 22 in Gladwin County at the age of 27 years. He was born April 23, 1990 in Tawas, Michigan to Julie (Brown) and Charles VanSnepson. 

Blake grew up in the Big Rapids area and attended St. Mary’s Catholic School where he was an active Boy Scout, Alter Server, and an high achieving basketball player. Blake is a member of the Sault Ste. MarieTribe of Chippewa Indians and spent most of his summers on the Reservation with his cousin, Thomas (Hunter) Allard participating in Tribal customs, including Pow Wows, sweat lodges, and other Native events.

Blake attended Delta College for a degree in social work to help troubled youth, and enjoyed a career working in the pizza industry before pursuing trade-smithing with many of his cousins. Blake loved spending time outdoors, especially around a campfire, blaring music, cracking jokes, playing video games, showing off his muscles to anyone who’d look, and planning his first best-selling novel. His true passion was for his son, Gabriel, and taking him mud bogging, wrestling on the floor, fixing cars, or just watching cartoons. He was a Celtic at heart and dreamed of one day owning a ranch with wild horses.

Blake is survived by his son, Gabriel (My Little Manners) VanSnepson; mother, Julie Brown; father, Charles VanSnepson; twin sister, Brittany (Sputnik) VanSnepson; grandmother, Mary (Ema) Allard; grandfather, Cletus VanSnepson and wife, Betty VanSnepson; aunt, Sally VanSnepson; aunt, Lisa (Brown) Bordeau; aunt, Kathy (Brown) Rifenbark and husband, Tommy Rifenbark; uncle, Danny VanSnepson; uncle, George (J.B.) Brown; Godmother, Kateri (Tobuddy) Allard; Godfather, Gregory Allard; countless cousins; dog, Athena; and dog-nephew, Woogie.
Preceding him in death is his great-grandmother, Isabella (Emabell) Allard; grandmother, Alice (Grandma) VanSnepson, grandfather, George (Gramps) Brown; cousin, Jennafer Brown; cousin, Wolfe VanSumeren; beloved dog, Puppy (PupD); and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Friends and family may call at the Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home in Pinconning, Michigan on Thursday, December, 28 from 1 to 8 p.m with Memory Sharing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, formerly known as St. Michael’s, in Pinconning, Michigan on Friday, December, 29 at 10 a.m. The Final Viewing will be at the church from 9 until 10 a.m. A luncheon will follow at Mt. Forest Township Hall.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes: https://www.gofundme.com/funeral-fund-for-blake-vansnepson.

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