Murder suspect, 17, 'used gay dating app Grindr to "lure" three victims shot on the same night'10/12/2020
A 17-YEAR-old has been charged with murder in connection with the death of one man and the shooting of another – after the teen used a fake profile on an online dating app for gay men to “lure” his victims.
Police have charged Damarion Degrate, 17, of Waco, Texas for the August 17 murder of Jonathan Deshawn Breeding, after cops said he met Breeding and another victis on the Grindr dating app.
The teen allegedly used Grindr, a dating app for gay men, to “lure” his victims to another part of town and then shot them point-blank range.
Breeding, 23, was killed on August 17, near the N. 34 street and Brooke Circle in Waco, Texas.
During the investigation of the three shootings, which occurred on the same night, detectives learned that the incidents had one thing in common – Degrate had met the victims through Grindr.
Degrate was previously arrested and charged with attempted murder for the first shooting – but was released on bond.
On Monday, US Marshals picked up Degrate in Ft. Worth, Texas after they definitively connected him to the second shooting, which left Breeding dead.
Police believe that two hours after the first shooting Degrate arranged a meeting with Breeding after communicating with him through the same dating app.
Degrate allegedly shot the 23-year-old victim in the chest and he later died at a local hospital.
That same night, police responded to another call and found a third man with a gunshot wound near North 36th street and Grim Avenue.
The third shooting that occurred that night is still under investigation.
Degrate is listed as the primary suspect for the third shooting as well.
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