Benjamin Eastman was honored at a vigil at his high school, as his father previously said, "My son was loved"

By Chris Harris Greg Hanlon
July 04, 2018 04:37 PM

The Washington 16-year-old who police allege was raped and beaten to death by his longtime friend and the friend’s older brother was lured into the woods on the premise of a camping trip and then assaulted for up to 45 minutes, according to charging documents obtained by PEOPLE.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has charged Jonathon Adamson, 21, and his 16-year-old brother, Benito Marquez, with first-degree rape and murder in the death of Benjamin Eastman III, who was last seen alive on June 23 before his body was found in a “shallow grave” on June 28 on a remote parcel of land owned by Marquez’s relative.

According to the charging documents, Marquez, who is being charged as an adult, was a friend and classmate of Eastman’s. He and his brother allegedly “lured” Eastman into the woods for a camping trip last week but then knocked him to the ground and assaulted him for approximately 20 to 45 minutes.

The charging documents allege Adamson told police he and Marquez sexually assaulted Eastman with a stick while Eastman was still alive.

Benjamin Eastman III
Ben Eastman/Facebook

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Before burying Eastman, the brothers allegedly beat him in the head with a rock to ensure he was dead.

The brothers are also both charged with tampering with physical evidence and unlawful disposal of remains and are currently being held on $10 million bail.

Information about whether they have entered a plea or retained attorneys was not immediately available.

Eastman lived with his father, Benjamin “B.J.” Eastman Jr., in Randle. His dad sat in the front row Monday during the suspects’ court appearance, reports local TV station KOMO.

“I wanted them to look at me, I wanted to look them in the eye,” B.J. told the outlet.

Ben Eastman
Ben Eastman/Facebook

Ben’s father said that he was a joyful, happy teenager, and the two enjoyed camping, fishing and dirt biking together.

There are “evil people out there,” B.J. said. “I don’t know what makes them tick. I don’t want to know. I’m loved and my son was loved and that’s all I’m about.”

According to local station KIRO, hundreds gathered for a vigil at the White Pass Jr. Sr. High School in Randle, where Ben was a rising junior. Principal Chris Schumaker said it was fitting the service began in the gym because Ben loved sports so much and was always in the gym.

Ben and his family were fans of the Miami Dolphins and during the vigil, relatives released aqua and orange balloons representing the Dolphins team colors, the outlet reports.