A Georgia man who won the lottery last month was shot and murdered in his home Thursday night, PEOPLE confirms.
Craigory Burch Jr., 20, of Fitzgerald, Georgia, was at home with his girlfriend when an intruder allegedly came into his home and killed him. Police tell PEOPLE may have been connected to Burch s recent winnings:
“It s hard to say but I m sure it s a big indicator,” Col. John Bishop of the Ben Hill County Sheriff s Office tells PEOPLE.
Speaking to local media, Burch s girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks, said a shotgun blast blew open the door before three armed men in masks ran in.
“When they came in, he said, ‘Don t do it bro. Don t do it in front of my kids,'” Hendricks said.
Burch allegedly offered to give them his wallet and bankcard; however, the intruders allegedly shot and killed him before fleeing, police say.
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After winning the $434,272 jackpot, Burch helped buy Christmas presents for people in need, Bishop says.