Police: Man murdered after meeting women on dating site

Family of man killed in dating site murder speaks

LITHONIA, Ga. -- DeKalb County Police have arrested two women and two men on murder warrants, suspecting them of using a dating website earlier this month to find their victims.

Police say the suspects shot and killed Jordan Collins, 23, and shot and wounded his brother, Chad Collins, 24.  The brothers had met the two women, according to police, on the website plentyoffish.com.

Detectives say the suspects' motive was robbery.  But in the words of the men's sister, the four people took "something more precious than anything on earth."

It was on September 1, after midnight, when, police say, Jordan and Chad Collins invited two women they'd met on the dating website to come over, and the women did.  The brothers were staying at their sister's house on Tunbridge Wells Crescent, babysitting her young children, who were asleep upstairs, while she was out of town.

Police say the women brought two men with them, and the two men hid just outside the house. 

According to police, one of the women said she wanted to see the brothers' dog, which was outside, barking.  Jordan Collins took her outside, and Chad Collins told police he heard several gunshots.  Chad ran outside, saw Jordan on the ground, tried to help him, and, police say, Chad was shot five times.  The four suspects ran away. 

Jordan died at the house.  Chad survived.

"Jordan was a kind-hearted, good-spirited person," said Franchesa Collins, the brothers' sister, on Tuesday.  "He would help anybody if he could, never did anything to hurt anybody, for sure.  He was definitely somebody I leaned on and depended on to help me with my children."

Photos | Brothers shot, one killed while babysitting

This past weekend, police told Franchesca, Chad and the rest of their family that they'd arrested the four suspects, and charged each of them with murder and aggravated assault:

Clarissa McGhee, 24
Nashea Poole, 21
Antonio Avery, 25
Demarco Butler, 27

"From what they've done," Franchesca said, "I know that they're heartless, cold-hearted people who don't deserve to see the light of day again."

What was taken?

"Doesn't appear that anything was taken," said DeKalb County Police Homicide Sergeant Sabrena Dorsey.  "Robbery was the motive, but we don't think anything was taken from the house."

"They left with his life," Franchesca said, "so they left with something far more precious than… any valuable on earth could be."

Sgt. Dorsey said investigators are not blaming the victims, but everyone can be careful not to place themselves in potentially vulnerable situations.

"If you want to meet someone using dating websites, I'm not saying don't do that, but maybe meet them in public places.  Don't invite someone you don't know to your house.  Be careful of social media, whatever it is."

Detectives are checking to see if the suspects have tried to rob others using dating websites.

The family laid Jordan to rest a week ago Saturday.  Chad has been able to return to work, and, "he's doing fine, physically," Franchesca said.  "But we're all still coping with this devastating loss.... We just want justice for Jordan, because he didn't deserve it.  We want justice for Chad, because he was only going out to help his brother who somebody shot for no reason. For no reason.  Absolutely no reason.   If anybody wanted anything from Jordan, they could have just asked.  He would have given it to them, anyway.  Because that's the kind of person he was."
 

Photos | Dating site murder suspects

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