Suspect charged with open murder in teen beating death

We now know the identity of a man charged in the beating death of a Durand teenager.

23-year-old Ricky Allen Zinn II of Burton is charged with open murder in the August 20 beating death of 17-year-old Ben Tatro.

Police said 17-year-old Benjamin Tatro was beaten at a house party in Burton August 20.

According to his family, Tatro died late Wednesday night, August 28.

Saturday, the Genesee County Ranger Division assisted Burton Police in arresting a second suspect in the beating death of a 17-year-old Durand man.

The prosecutor's office will be seeking charges against the second suspect next week.

Family members said Tatro was beaten so badly he required several surgeries to repair organs that were damaged.

His ear had to be sewn back on.

A fund has been established to help the family with funeral expenses.

Checks can be made payable to Prayers for Ben Tatro and dropped off at First Merit Bank.