Family and Friends Remember Tyler and Richard Smith, Son and Father Victims of Kalamazoo Shooting
02/23/2016 AT 04:10 PM EST
On Saturday, 17-year-old Tyler Smith and his 53-year-old father, Richard Smith, were looking at cars together at a local Kia dealership when Jason Brian Dalton, 45, allegedly shot them with a semiautomatic handgun.
The two were very close, friends of the pair tell PEOPLE.
Kirt Brown, Tyler's high school soccer coach at Mattawan High School, tells PEOPLE, "He was a kind person and a sweet guy. The guy that got along with everybody."
He adds that Tyler "wasn't a fighter, he wasn't a mean guy, he was just pleasant and kind."
Tyler, a senior, took a marketing course at the school district's vocational program. According to friends and family, he was studying marketing to help start a family business with his father, sister Emily and cousin David.
Superintendent Robin Buchler, whose son knew Tyler, says, "Tyler was such a great kid. He always had a smile on his face, always happy and very well liked."
Friend Hasten Biddlecome tells PEOPLE that Tyler reached out to him when he first moved into the neighborhood. "Him and his cousin David were the instant two friends I made," Hasten says.
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Hasten's mother, Kelli Biddlecome, remembers Rich fondly, saying, "When Rich was in your presence he automatically put you in a great mood – he had this contagious laugh and he always smiled."
Biddlecome's son was on the same soccer team as Tyler when they were in their early teens. "Rich was always there to lighten it up and laugh it off," she says, adding, "He was such a wonderful man."
Brown, the soccer coach, says, "[Rich] was a good man," "He led his son well and did right by his family."
As family members prepare for memorial services, friends of Rich and Tyler are sharing their support on social media using the hashtag "#TylerStrong."
On her Facebook page, Laurie Smith, Rich's wife and Tyler's mother, shared her emotions, writing: "Laying in bed trying to comprehend what has happened in the past 24+ hrs...wishing its all a bad dream and they'll be here when I wake up."
A GoFundMe page has been started to help support the Smith family.