A white family has been arrested in connection with the deaths of Ramon Smith and Jarron Moreland, both 21, whose bodies were found in a pond in Oklahoma, reports ABC 7 News.
Police arrested Kevin Garcia-Boettler, Johnny Shane Barker, Garcia-Boettler, and their mother Crystal Rachelle Boettler.
Their charges include first and second degree murder, unlawful removal of a dead body and accessory to the crime.
The victims met on Craigslist and agreed to meet at a local grocery store to complete a gun purchase. However, the family thought that Moreland and Smith were shooting at them.
“When [Moreland and Smith] entered the vehicle, the white men said they heard a gun being racked,” said Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the Moore Police Department. “So one of them fired four rounds.”
Justice Writer Shuan King refered to the killing as a modern day lynching.
This literally appears to be a modern day lynching.
These 2 men, and 1 other, abducted 2 young Black men from a grocery store parking lot in Moore, Oklahoma.
Then shot & killed them.
Stripped them naked. Burned clothes.
Took them to a pond & tied their bodies to cinder blocks pic.twitter.com/m7m0Sq03X5
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) April 26, 2018
Moreland was a father and his grandmother said he was a phenomenal dad.
“Very, very good daddy. He took care of his little boy and the boy is going to be lost without his daddy,” she said.