Community raises $40,000 for locksmith DeKalb found dead in burning work van – WSB-TV Channel 2

Locksmith found dead in burning work van in DeKalb A mobile locksmith was found dead in his burning work van Sunday morning in DeKalb County, leaving behind a wife and 4 children as police search for a killer.

DECATUR, Ga. – Police are still searching for a killer after a man was found dead in his burning work van earlier this week.

Father-of-four Peter McGrath owned a locksmith business and had just taken a job in Decatur, his wife said Channel 2’s Matt Johnson.

“I never heard from him again,” Amber McGrath said. “He walked out that door. He was gone forever.

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Police found the van on fire on Mecklinburg Place in Decatur near Towers High School around 12.30pm on Sunday morning.

Peter McGrath was the sole breadwinner of his family, so the community got together and set up a gofundme for the family.

In just a few days, the community came together to raise over $41,000 for them.


Neighbors told Johnson the burning van sat on their street for several hours before they heard an explosion.

“He didn’t deserve what happened to him,” Amber McGrath said. “He was a loving father. He was just an amazing human being.

The McGraths have been married for 13 years, but have known each other their entire adult lives.

Their youngest child is only 6 months old. Peter McGrath enjoyed having a large family after growing up as an only child, his wife says.

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“I believe in my heart he was targeted, he was framed,” McGrath said. “The people who did this knew what they were doing when they called my husband.”


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