James Beck

Dirt bike motive for murder?

Craigslist transaction ends in death for a father of three.

A teen allegedly shot and killed a Pasco County, Florida, man in front of his son during a Craigslist meetup Tuesday night.

According to WFTS, James Beck, 44, and his 15-year-old son met with Ramontrae Williams, 16, and Dontae Johnson, 17, in Tampa to sell a dirt bike they advertised on Craigslist.

Authorities claimed it was apparent from the start that the pair intended to rob the dad-of-three. It was then that one of the suspects allegedly shot Beck and stole the dirt bike.

“I run down there and I begin to help the little boy, you know, give his Dad CPR. I was like ‘so where did he get shot?’ and that’s when he pulled up his shirt and you could see he had two gunshot wounds to his neck,” witness Lashauna Hopson told the station. “He told his Dad ‘I told you not to do this,’ and it just touched me in a way, because I have kids. It was like, just very sad.”

Beck died at the scene from his injuries.

“He was a wonderful man. He had a great sense of humor, always knew how to make someone laugh. He always had a smile on his face and he made the whole room happy,” Jeff’s son, Stuart Beck, tearfully told WFLA.

Officers were able to locate and arrest Williams and Johnson. The pair has been charged with first-degree, felony murder and armed robbery. The dirt bike was reportedly found near Williams’ residence, according to the station.

In 2014, Williams was allegedly charged with sexual battery on a 6-year-old.

The victim’s wife, Suzanne Beck, told the Tampa Bay Times her son talked to William’s father on the phone. Though the sale was supposed to take place in Temple Terrace, the suspect supposedly changed the location.

“A dirt bike. That’s not worth someone’s life.”

On Wednesday, a GoFundMe was created to cover costs related to James’ funeral and home repairs. The fundraiser exceeded its $10,000 goal as of Thursday night.

The campaign reads, “He was the sole provider for his family and a rock for everyone he knew. Please help support us in this time of need and pray for us in our time or mourning. Please be safe when buying online – and hug the ones you love. You never know when a day could be the last.”

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