A young father living in Auburndale, Florida, was shot and killed on Friday night after being conned by a teenager he met on the online dating site PlentyOfFish.
Adam Hilarie, 27, was set up by 18-year-old Hailey Rose Bustos to get robbed inside his apartment last Friday night after their bowling date on Thursday. After the first date, Bustos reportedly texted Hilarie, saying she had a good time and would like to see him again.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that Bustos, along with three others, were arrested and charged for the murder of Hilarie, who was fatally shot in the head on Friday around 6:30 p.m. according to police reports. Bustos had brought three men with her to Hilarie’s apartment, where they stole his TVs, Xbox, and iPhone. Afterwards, one of them shot him in the head.
Arrest reports indicated that, “Hilarie was begging for his life, he was not putting up any kind of fight, and was telling them that he had a 5-year-old daughter.”
Deputy Chief Andy Ray offered sympathies to the deceased’s family and said, “In cases like this, it’s easy for us to put ourselves in the shoes of the family.”
According to the police report, the robbers also took jewelry, marijuana, and alcohol from Hilarie’s apartment. They were known to be “celebrating what they had just done.”
The neighborhood held a candlelight vigil in honor of Hilarie on Saturday night, which was attended by dozens of people who loved the young father. Hilarie’s 5-year-old daughter Lajaya told ABC, “I miss my daddy because he’s with Jesus.”
Although online dating is so commonplace today, it’s advisable to do any possible online background checks of the people you meet online. As Chief Ray explained, it’s probably wise not to bring someone you met online back to your home straight away.
As a warning about the possible dangers of online dating, Ray said, “You just have to remember, you have no idea who you are talking to. They may present themselves as one thing and be someone totally different.”
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