Phoenix Arizona Gay Man Killed During GRINDR Hook-up

54-year-old Mark Woodland  was stabbed to death on Sunday by a 19-year-old man he met using Grindr, police say. The victim’s roommate discovered their apartment ransacked and called police.

According to ABC15.com

“When officers went inside to check they found a downstairs bathroom door closed and the lights on inside, according to Holmes. They did not get an answer to a knock on the door. Holmes said when officers looked under the door they could see a body on the floor and when they forced the door open found the victim badly beaten. He also appeared to have been stabbed repeatedly, Holmes said. Phoenix firefighters were called to the home and the victim, 54-year-old Mark Woodland, was pronounced dead. Woodland’s roommate reported he had received a text message from the victim around 5 p.m. saying he was going to pick up a male date, whom he met on a social networking application, and bring him home. Woodland apparently asked his roommate to not be at home. The victim reportedly sent a second text at around 6 p.m. to ensure that his roommate had left the apartment. The roommate left and returned around 11 p.m. to find the home ransacked.”

The social networking app he used was Grindr.

A friend of Woodland’s provided police with his username, through which police were able to track down the man he met:

“On Tuesday, detectives were able to locate the suspect in the area of 32nd Street and Broadway Road and when detectives contacted three males at the house, one of them apparently fit the suspect description. Tommy Reed, whose telephone was determined to be the same phone used to arrange the date with the victim, was transported to police headquarters for an interview. Holmes said Reed, 19, gave details about the night of the murder that implicated him in the crime. Reed was later booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on one count of 2nd Degree Murder. Holmes said robbery may have been a motive for the murder.

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  1. Why was the guy only charged with 2nd Degree Murder? There’s no mention in the article of any mitigating circumstances, and “robbery being the motive” isn’t sufficient reason for the severity of the crime to be dropped to 2nd Degree.

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