7 Charged in Murder of Lottery Winner Who Begged for His Life
Victim Craigory Burch Jr. pleaded with his assailants, “Don’t do it in front of my kids.” He was killed for his lottery winnings.
Deb Belt , Patch Staff
Posted Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 11:32 a m ET
FITZGERALD, GA – Seven people planning to steal the nearly half-million dollars a Georgia forklift operator won in a lottery game have been charged with gunning him down as he begged for his life, authorities said.
Police in Fitzgerald, a south Georgia town about 60 miles east of Albany, say Craigory Burch Jr., 20, died Jan. 21 of gunshot wounds he suffered in his own home, according to WALB-TV.
Burch had won a $434,272 Fantasy 5 jackpot in November 2015.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation officers told WALB that Burch’s girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks, was at home at the time of the attack and ran for help.
She told investigators Burch begged the armed men to take his bank card and leave after they burst into the house.
“When they came in, he said, ‘Don’t do it, bro. Don’t do it in front of my kids,'” Hendricks said, reports WALB. “‘Please don’t do it in front of my kids and old lady. Please don’t do that, bro. Please don’t.'”
The robbers reportedly couldn’t find Burch’s wallet in the pants, so they fatally shot him and left.
Six of the seven charged in Burch’s death were identified Monday as Rosalyn Swain, 22; Keyana Dyous, 24; Anjavell Johnson, 21; Earnest Holcombe, 27; Dabrentise Overstreet, 19; and Nathaniel Baker, 28. A seventh suspect, who is 17 years old, was not identified because he is a juvenile.
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GEORGIA LOTTERY WINNER SHOT AND KILLED IN HOME INVASION
FITZGERALD, Ga. — A forklift operator who won over $430,000 playing the Georgia lottery was shot and killed during a home invasion, according to police.
Friends and family say Craigory Burch, Jr., 30, was targeted because he won $434,272 in November.
The victim’s girlfriend says a shotgun blew open the door and three masked, armed men ran inside their home.
“When they came in, he said, ‘Don’t do it bro. Don’t do it in front of my kids.’ He said, ‘Please don’t do it in front of my kids and my old lady. Please don’t do that bro. Please don’t.’ He said, ‘I’ll give you my bank card,’” Jasmine Hendricks told WALB.
Hendricks said she is certain the suspects were after some of the money he won.
“Ever since he hit the lottery we kept getting calls, text messages, all that, saying, ‘Be careful because people are out for him to rob him,” Hendricks said.
Hendricks said during the home invasion, Burch threw his pants at the suspects.
After realizing Burch’s wallet was not in the pants, the suspects shot and killed him seconds before fleeing the home.
The victim’s mother wants justice for those responsible in the killing.
“I want them to know what they took from me. They took a part of my life away from me. My child that I carried and raised for 20 years,” Leslie Collins said.
Authorities have not named any suspects in the case.Crossville News First GEORGIA LOTTERY WINNER SHOT AND KILLED IN HOME INVASION FITZGERALD, Ga. — A forklift operator who won over $430,000 playing the Georgia lottery was shot and killed during ]]>