Clark Atlanta University student, James Jones, was killed after replying to an ad on Craigslist.
Jones, a junior studying chemistry, responded to the ad in hopes of buying an iPhone6. He went to meet the seller(s) and awaited their arrival in his car. Jones’ brother Samuel Heath told news outlets “My mother lost her son. My sister lost her brother. I lost my brother. So I don’t think we can put that into words. There was a lot of heartache.”
Police initially responded to a call regarding a car accident but discovered something worse. Jones was shot and killed while sitting in his car.
Marietta Police officer David Baldwin said “It was an illegitimate ad he was responding to and he did not know the sellers. The ad was posted in the hopes to lure somebody in, but obviously the victim didn’t know that…After he was shot, the car went forward, hit another car and a tree.”
Three men have been charged with felony murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault and were booked into the Cobb County adult detention center. Their names and mug shots have been released to the press: Jordan Baker, 18; Jonathon Myles, 19; and Kaylnn Ruthenberg, 21. Cobb County Magistrate court denied their bond and they have not yet entered a plea.
Clark Atlanta University issued a statement: “This is a devastating loss for the Clark Atlanta University family. 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.”