Why a Clark Atlanta student was murdered for attempting to buy an iPhone


James Jones Jr. decided to leave his hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida, to better himself with a degree at Clark Atlanta University. While on campus at CAU, Jones often dressed for success and wore suits and ties to class. He was preparing to aim for greatness.

However, Jones was killed before he had a chance to reach his potential. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones went on Craiglist and responded to an ad for an iPhone. He contacted the person and agreed to meet them in Marietta, Georgia.

But when Jones arrived, he was ambushed by two teens and a 21-year-old who shot him and attempted to take his wallet. Jones drove away, but he crashed his car. Police found him dead behind the wheel.

One day later, police arrested Jordan Baker, 18; Jonathon Myles, 19; and Kaylnn Ruthenberg, 21 and charged them with armed robbery, aggravated assault, and felony murder.

Students and staff will hold a vigil for Jones at CAU this week   

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

  1. thats a great suggestion cause at the police dept there are camera an police in and out of there . i went to meet up with a man off the internet at i gave him the address he didnt know he was pulling into the police dept until he called me to say where are you ? i said in front of the police station he laughted so hard…

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