Father killed after good Samaritan helps homeless family move into hotel

Police have a suspect in custody following a Georgia shooting that claimed the life of the father of a homeless family told they could stay in a hotel room until he could find a job.

According to DeKalb County Police, the shooting occurred early Sunday morning on the top floor of the Hyatt Place hotel near Stonecrest Mall.

Jennifer Liggons and her children were asleep when Liggons’ boyfriend Franklin Jones Jr., was shot and killed. She didn’t know there was a problem until police entered her room.

“Like thirty minutes later, they came in with guns, I thought that was him coming into the room, but it was the police, and they had guns and they were looking around, questioning me,” said Liggons.

She thinks her boyfriend met the man who killed him the same day. She said police told her the suspect was also staying in the hotel.

“We didn’t know anybody over here. We’ve only been here about a week now,” said Liggons.

Liggons and her boyfriend thought they were the luckiest family in Georgia. After Jones lost his job at a printer two years ago, the couple with three small children became homeless. Liggons said that all changed when they met some very generous people.

“There were some people from a church. We were just having a conversation with them, and they went to get the manager lady at the hotel.”

They told the family they could stay here until they got back on their feet.

What preceded the shooting is unknown.

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