Bryan May and Jeremy Putra were not just father and son. They were best friends and hard workers. Nobody knew that more than Bryan's brother-in-law Kevin Kassel who knew them as quality individuals.
Both May and Putra were stabbed to death inside their home on South Rose Boulevard last Wednesday.
Kassel spoke to AkronNewsNow.com about the difficult loss.
"It's very hard to replace people like that," Kassel said.
"Bryan was a stand-up individual, His life was his son and he spent a lot of time with him."
The Reverend Bob Beals, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Akron, says he knew Bryan May since their days at Firestone High School, echoed that sentiment.
"Those two had a great relationship," said Beals.
"It was also great to know Jeremy and I praise God I had the opportunity to know him and be a part of his life."
19-year old Robert Pitts Jr is accused of the murders. Pitts was a friend of Jeremy's since their middle school days and was living with the two men temporarily.
Jeremy spoke with Reverend Beals during a youth group event just before he died and discussed how Pitts made him feel uneasy, saying he 'creeped him out.'
Kassel says there's no reason for why the killings took place.
"This was not an act of someone who didn't have control over themselves, this was an act of rage," he explained.
Pitts was taken into custody in Chicago Thursday night. He is now awaiting extradition back to Akron on charges of aggravated murder.
Kassel spoke highly of May, who he's known for over 30 years, was a kind and gentle man whose generous nature could have proved to be costly.
"He was the type of person who would never turn anybody away, and in this case, it probably cost him his life."
Police are continuing to investigate. Kassel said he commends the Akron Police Department for their hard work in the investigation and that he and the rest of the family are letting them continue that work to come up with a reason for why the two men were killed.
Both Bryan May and Jeremy Putra are scheduled to be buried with a gravesite service Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Rose Hill Burial Park.