Murder Victim's Father Makes Progress with Youth Outreach Program

It's been nearly 10 months since 17-year old Joshua Snapp was murdered and now his father is working to make sure other kids don't fall into the same patterns that he and his killers fell.

You may remember, we told you about Chris Snapp spearheading a youth outreach program called Cushions and it's come a long way since it started two months ago.

Snapp wants kids to focus on positive production, instead of drugs and violence.

"The youth today don't seem to have a real grasp of what really happens when you play with guns, what really happens when you threaten somebody," said Snapp.

Snapp's son was shot and killed in the dessert last summer by people he once called friends

Josh Hunt and John Young were recently convicted for Joshua Snapp's murder; Hunt was sentenced to nearly 24 years in prison and Young will face up to 32 years when he is sentenced Friday.

Snapp is starting with a community garden plot donated by the city of Richland.

"The idea behind the community garden is to get the kids in here, pulling weeds, growing some produce that we can later take down to the farmer's market and have them make a little money off of the stuff they've earned," said Snapp.

Another activity will include a scavenger hunt this summer where teens will have to visit differernt places in the area to see where they can receive help like Columbia Industries and My Friends Place.

The Benton County Coroner's Office even offered to be one of the stops on the hunt for kids to see the reality behind playing with weapons and threats.

Snapp's mother also donated her 63 Chevy Apache for the kids to fix up and hopefully take it to Cool Desert Nights.

"The Chevy was the last thing Josh and I had done together, we did it the weekend before he was killed, and both of us worked really, really hard," said Snapp.

18-year-old Nick Eddie has hung around the same crowd that was involved with Joshua Snapp and his killers and has decided to join Cushions and bring friends.

"They get caught up doing to same old thing but if they try to change and they have some structure to do these kinds of things, then it keeps their mind off of it," said Eddie. 

"I can't tell you how many times we've heard, 'There's nothing to do in the Tri-Cities,' and that's something we want to do, offer the kids something to do in the Tri-Cities," said Snapp.

Chris is also working on expanding the activities with music and dance classes.

If you'd like to help contact Chris Snapp here on the Cushions Facebook page.

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