A south Georgia lottery winner who recently used part of his winnings to buy Christmas presents for the needy has been murdered in his home by a trio of burglars.
Craigory Burch, Jr., a forklift operator in Fitzgerald, Ga., about a two-hour drive south of Atlanta, was murdered after hitting the November Fantasy 5 jackpot for $434,272. Authorities report that he begged home invaders not to kill him in front of his family, CBS News reports, but the men killed him anyway.
Burch and his girlfriend and others were at a home when a shotgun blast blew open the door and three masked, armed men ran in, the girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks said.
“When they came in, he said, ‘don’t do it bro. Don’t do it in front of my kids. Please don’t do it in front of my kids and old lady. Please don’t do that bro. Please don’t. He said I’ll give you my bank card,” Hendricks recalled.
Investigators said Burch’s girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks, was in the home at the time and ran for help.
But when Burch tossed his pants to the robbers, and they could not find his wallet, they shot him dead and then scampered away.
Once on scene, GBI agents spent the overnight hours collecting evidence from the home.
Friends of Burch said that he had recently used some of his winnings to buy Christmas presents for people in need.