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Craigslist: A Deadly Danger for One Central Texas Man

By: Julie Hays Email
By: Julie Hays Email

He lost his life after going to Dallas to buy a car he found on Craigslist.
Christian Marton was just 21 years old when he was gunned down....in an apparent set-up.

Now that time has passed, Christian's family is sharing their tragic story. It all started out with an on-line classified ad that looked harmless, but ended in murder.

The Martin family have left Christian's room the same. His sister Lisa says "everyday sometimes we wait for him to come and he's not ever coming."

Christian was gunned down in 2007 after driving to Dallas to buy a car he found on the popular Website, Craigslist. Christian's mom Marianna told him not to go, because she felt something was wrong. She said it wasn't the ad itself that set off the red flags, but what happened after Christian first started talking to the supposed sellers. Marianna says within days of talking to the seller, they dropped the price of the vehicle by $1500. Christian was supposed to meet the sellers at a Whataburger, but then, at the last minute, they switched the meeting spot, to a dark Apartment Complex.

Internet security expert Ken Scheler gives some tips to making everything go smoothly:
*Keep Transactions Public
*Do the business at your bank
*Shop Locally
*New Email address for business
*Sounds to good to be true-It is!

Unfortunately Marianne says her family learned the hard way "I have a hole in my heart and nobody can fill it and it can never be filled."

The Martons hope everyone who hears about their tragedy will learn from them the next time anyone hops on-line in search of a good deal.

Just recently....two men were convicted and sent to prison for Christian Marton's murder.


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