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Friend remembers man killed at Frederick Fair: 'It's hard to believe your buddy is gone'

Posted at 9:50 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 03:13:17-04

MOUNT AIRY, Md. — "It's hard to believe your buddy is gone. You'll never see him again," said Gary Lengerhuis, a dear friend of 59-year-old John Weed.

Weed was at the Great Frederick Fair on Friday with family members when two brothers asked him for a dollar.

The three got into an argument when police said the 16-year-old punched Weed in the back of the head then the 15-year-old gave the deadly blow.

Their names haven't been released since they're being held on juvenile charges. The teens are being held for 30 days and will have another hearing in October. Frederick County's State's Attorney says both teens attend Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick County.

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"I hope they're charged as adults. They took someone's life. 15, 16... I don't know what point you become an adult but if you kill somebody, you're an adult," said Lengerhuis.

Lengerhuis found out about Weed's death on Monday morning but he had a feeling it was Weed all weekend.

"I kept googling man killed at Frederick fair, man killed at Frederick fair. I kept trying to get it. They weren't releasing it due to the family. I just had a feeling," Lengerhuis said. "I didn’t sleep last night. I googled in the middle of the night and this morning I found out it was John Weed."

Weed and Lengerhuis have been friends for decades.

"He was my dear butcher from 1985 to 1998," Lengerhuis said. After that, they kept in touch and Lengerhuis said Weed would come into Ace Hardware where he worked. The last time he saw him was on Thursday, the day before he died.

He was supposed to see him on Saturday.

"We called him we called him we called him he didn’t answer his phone and johns not like that. When I call John he answers his phone and then I found out why he didn’t answer his phone," Lengerhuis said.

WMAR-2 News reached out to Weed's family they said they were not ready to speak but plan to release a statement on Tuesday.

There is a Go Fund Me account for the family, click here if you'd like to help them.