Recent lottery winner killed during Ga. home invasion

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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.

3 comments

  • And they want to take away your home protection!

    Sad! This guy had no personal protection. Sadder yet is Obama and Hillary want law abiding citizens like this victim to remain unarmed! Wake up! More guns to person ratio = less gun violence! 1990’s had more guns per person and less gun violence. Crazy law makers and ignorant people constantly overlook this simple fact. Here’s another….Law abiding citizens are not the ones going around committing murder!

    • Guy Jones

      Your “facts” are wrong, your conclusion is wrong, and your assertion that Obama and Hillary want to take your guns away is wrong. Your pathetic fear-based rant is one big load of made-up horsesh*t.

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