DeKalb County

Community raises $40,000 for Gwinnett locksmith found dead inside burning work van

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 company and had just taken a job in Decatur, his wife told 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 burning van on Mecklinburg Place in Decatur near Towers High School around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Peter McGrath was the sole breadwinner for his family, so the community has come together and set up a Gofundme for the family.

In a matter of just a few days, the community has come together to raise more than $41,000 for them.


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

“He did not 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 4 years, but have known each other for their entire adult lives.

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

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