Gay Ohio College Student Murdered During Horrific Online “Hook-Up” Meet

Justin Early

A 34-year-old sex offender has been charged with the murder of 22-year-old Alliance, Ohio college student Justin Earley (photo right) in what is  yet another tragic online ‘fatal hookup’ case.

According to reports, Justin’s friends grew suspicious and filed a missing persons report when he failed to return home after meeting John R. Fox on December 29, via the classifieds section of

Police say Fox also posted a similar ad on Craigslist soliciting men sex to come to his apartment that same day.

Police confirmed that Fox killed Justin and hid his body in a closet, wrapped in a comforter, for 3 weeks.

Fox , has a lengthy criminal history and is being held with no bond pending his arraignment for Justin’s murder on Tuesday in a Portage County courtroom.

Police declined to comment further on the autopsy results, including the cause or manner of death.

Justin Earley’s Facebook page reveals he was a college student and former Youth Leader loved by his family and friends. A few cryptic statuses suggest he may have been going through a breakup at the time.

Justin’s mother, Cindy Parsons, is asking for donations to help with the cost of transporting and burying her son on GoFundMe.

So very Heartbreaking.  If you can please donate something and help his mother bring Justin home it would be greatly appreciated.


****PLEASE –  Before  you go and meet someone you’ve never met before, always leave their contact details where it can be found or tell someone. Leave all the information that you have on them. Phone number, address whatever.  Let someone know where you have gone.   Always meet the person in a public NEUTRAL territory first.  NEVER go to directly to their house or apartment.  



16 thoughts on “Gay Ohio College Student Murdered During Horrific Online “Hook-Up” Meet

  1. Ironic you advised that! My adult son & I live together & have a shared Google calendar,on which I put events,appointments,etc.,including addresses & phone numbers,so he always knows where-&-with whom I’ll be.Being a VERY active femininist & multi-causes activist,I travel all over the Metro area,so I feel it IS very advisable.a

  2. or perhaps depsite thios tragic event we don;t make it a cautuonary tale, instead stop, realise that having anonymous sex is dangerous in itself (whether gay or straight) and say hey, maybe keep it in your pants, or go to a bar with friends, try a double date perhaps? masturbation. why would anyone go to someones house you don’t know?
    don’t talk to strangers!
    don’t have sex with people you don;t know
    don’t meet at a private location you haven’t been to before
    get a friend to go with you, introduce then on your way
    it’s all simple ideas that we have all been taught since childhood, why are people so desperate for an orgasm that they put themselves in this position? God bless Justin and his family.

    THIS SITE is advertising “meet jocks now” ?! world is crazy

    1. You do realize that “be careful when hooking up” and “don’t ever hookup ever” are both reactions that use this “as a cautionary tale” right?

      Also, nothing bad can ever happen at bars amirite? Rohypnol totally doesn’t exist. The proper thing to do is never, ever, leave the underground bunker.

  3. If the victim’s self-reporting on Facebook was truthful, then he was in a number of, shall we say, unfortunate embroilments that included depression, drug abuse, three car wrecks, injuring a woman by crashing his car into her . . et cetera.

  4. So very tragic. God bless his mother, family and friends and help guide and carry them through this terribly difficult and painful journey.

  5. This crime is horrific on its own, but this child (per his FB page), was a mess. He was slowly killing himself, and it didn’t seem as if, he was close to removing the negativity from his life. He obviously, didn’t love himself or care about his well-being. My God be with his family, this is just so sad.

    1. God forbid someone have emotional issues after a breakup! *Normal* people never feel depressed, worthless, unwanted, etc.

      I mean really? You have no idea what “drugs” means in this context and if all you’re going to do is pander the whole “drugs are bad mmkay” line then don’t do it here where you’re effectively telling the whole family “your loved one kind of deserved it”. Nope. Just stop.

      He didn’t “obviously” anything except be a normal young man.

  6. So, Me, are you actually blaming the victim? No matter how you live your life or what you’re going through, if someone murders you, it’s on THEM! Even if you beg them to kill you, it’s still on THEM! We all have free will and are responsible for our choices. Remember, sharing intimacy isn’t a crime, it is a gift. Mr. Fox chose to discard that gift and commit a crime.

    May young Mr. Earley rest in peace.

  7. it isn’t the hooking up that is the problem. Meeting people anywhere can be dangerous, whether it be online, or in ads, or at a club. That isn’t the problem. The problem is this fucking homophobe murderer. It’s a tragic event and my heart aches for this kid. Well he’s only a year younger then me. Shit like this is happening all over to queer people. It’s nothing new, but fuck it breaks me up everytime.

  8. I don’t care how destructive he was to his own life, that does not give somebody the right to MURDER them, and shame on everyone who finds the need to point out the fact that he was spiraling out of control. Remember we are ALL one step away from being pushed into traffic, or one need for a pack of gum that gets robbed, or one blink away from a fatal car crash, and even one bad work day away from considering suicide and it doesn’t give someone the right to claim our lives for us.

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