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Young Man Killed During Meetup For Craigslist Deal

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A student from Clark Atlanta University was murdered on Monday after answering an advertisement on Craigslist for an iPhone, according to ABC News.

James Jones Jr., 21, was a junior studying chemistry at the university when he responded to the Craigslist ad for an iPhone 6. However, when he arrived, he was robbed and shot by the ad posters.

"It was an illegitimate ad he was responding to and he did not know the sellers," George Police officer David Baldwin told reporters at ABC News. "The ad was posted in the hopes to lure somebody in, but obviously the victim didn't know that."

"As the victim approached Jamaica Cove and entered in to meet with the sellers for the iPhone, the suspects then robbed, shot and killed him right at the scene," he told reporters at local station WSB-TV 2.

As of noon on Tuesday, three men were in custody: Jordan Baker, 18, Jonathan Myles, 19, and Kaylnn Ruthenberg, 21. They are being charged with felony murder, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. They were denied bond their first day of court and have yet to enter a plea. 

Jones' brother Samuel Heath told reporters that he was a "bright young man" with aspirations to become a doctor. 

"That's why he was getting read to spend a semester abroad," he told reporters, "but now we are trying to raise a GoFundMe account to bury him.

"My mother lost her son. My sister lost her brother. I lost my brother," he continued. "So I don't think we can put that into words. There was a lot of heartache."

The victim was shot in his car, according to investigators. 

"After he was shot, the car went forward, hit another car and a tree," Baldwin told reporters.

The university later released a statement expressing their sorrow for the family in this time. 

"This is a devastating loss for the Clark Atlanta University family," the statement read. "Mr. Jones was a serious scholar and a kind, engaging spirit whose work and comportment spoke well of the university's core values and those instilled long ago by those contributing to his upbringing. In addition to his studies, he was a UPS scholar at Fickett Elementary School and a science mentor for the HBCU Rising Cares Mentoring program at Brown Middle School. He also was an amateur athlete."

Source: ABC News, WSB-TV 2 Photo Credit: ABC News


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