Prosecutors in Texas have formally charged 17-year-old Damarion Degrate with murder in connection with the shooting of a man he met on Grindr last August.
Police in Waco originally arrested Degrate following the shooting of three gay men on August 17, The Waco Tribune-Herald reports. All three men had met with Degrate on Grindr prior to their deaths.
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“It was through this app that Degrate communicated with the victims and made plans to meet up with them,” police said in a statement. “After meeting up with the victims, Degrate shot all three of them.”
The formal murder charges come in connection to the death of Jonathan Breeding, 23 on August 17. Chat records show that Degrate chatted and agreed to meet with Breeding just prior to his death. The charges allege that Degrate shot Breeding in his car. Breeding then escaped before crashing his car into a pole several blocks away. He died in the hospital of his wounds later that night.
Investigations into the other two shootings–also linked to Degrate–remain ongoing, and no further charges have been filed thus far.
Earlier this year, police in New York arrested a man for murdering a Grindr hook-up with a machete. Also in New York, a man was robbed at gunpoint after agreeing to meet a man he chatted up on the app.
Charge him with a hate crime, also as an adult and once his trial is over, put him to death.
Well, good thing he’s in Texas then.
This is the best example of having a death penalty if ever there was.
Death is too easy for this pig. Let him rot in jail for eternity. He’ll be the bell of the ball.
Yup, dating in 2020 can kill you.
Nope…hooking up can kill you
WashDrySpin it’s America, sleeping in your bed can kill you.
Ooh sex is bad, sex is bad.
Bleagh, gurl bye.
Jake and Corbinfisher….you both are stupid and trying to be edgy on the internet = PATHETIC
WashDrySpin… So can being a judgmental @hole! Not everyone has a stable loving relationship! You do what you want to do and let others decide what they want to do for themselves!
Oh Wayne…not everyone wants or desires a stable relationship because of MANY factors…
Yet you can not deny the NUMEROUS attacks, acts of violence, murders attributed to Grindr and other hook up methods…
Little boy wanted to be gangsta so bad huh? Well i hope a life in prison or possible death penalty was worth it for you.
Agreed…17 years old and his life is DONE…what a waste!!!!
Where is BLM?
Why, what are they supposed to do? I get it, we are angry, but lets not make this racist.
Another perfect example of the dire consequences of reckless hookups with strangers and living a sexually promiscuous lifestyle.
Mhm, cool, why dont you send a handwritten letter to the victim’s parents letting them know how it was kind of his own fault for getting murdered? (Please don’t) Was he asking for it by any chance?
When a kid decides to go out there and kills gay people because the society he lives him tells him they are disgusting and want to turn everyone gay (maybe he’s unsure of his own sexuality); that he as a black kid is worthless anyway and the only way he gets respect is by becoming a thug THEN hooking up is obviously not the main problem here.
Degrate may have (hopefully) earned himself 2,200 volts AC for a few moments. It would be a powerful repayment for his multiple horrific acts of cold-blooded murder, hate crimes against those who are gay.
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