The Washington craigslist killing that isn’t

Christopher Garcia Gonzalez
Christopher Garcia Gonzalez

23-year-old Christopher Garcia Gonzalez has been arrested and charged with the murder of 32-year-old Christopher Davis of Lynwood, Washington. Local media in Washington seems to be implying that there is a craigslist connection to the murder but I disagree.

Davis is said to have taken out an ad on craigslist for what the local media is calling ‘a romantic housekeeping arrangement’ which sounds like a roommate with benefits situation to me. Gonzalez was allegedly being thrown out by Davis after an argument. It’s unknown if that was the motive for the murder but Gonzalez allegedly strangled Davis before stealing his car and fleeing the state. Gonzalez was later captured in California.

The reason I don’t consider this what the media would normally refer to as a ‘craigslist killing’ is because as far as I can tell Gonzalez did not use craigslist specifically to find a murder victim. It sounds like that Gonzalez had been there a while before deciding to murder Davis. A crime like this has happened before in Florida where 24-year-old Latoya Jordan stabbed 53-year-old Daniel Somerson to death. Jordan was living with Somerson for a while after responding to a roommate ad on craigslist. Conversely though, 21-year-old Grant Van Muren killed Charles Clark of Naperville, Illinois, the day he moved in after responding to a craigslist ad. In the case of Clark’s murder it seemed that Van Muren was only searching for a victim and had no intentions of staying.

No disrespect is intended towards Mr. Davis as I hope that his killer is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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