Crimetracker: Victims identified in homeless murder case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Three homeless people turn up dead, and three others face murder charges.The three victims all lived at a Knoxville homeless camp until earlier this week, when police discovered the bodies. Knoxville police charged Joshua Cool, Brandon Roberts, and Hope Warvi with one count of second degree murder.

Notifications to the next-of-kin have now been completed on the three homeless victims that were found deceased earlier this week.

Those three people are only charged in one of the deaths. They are suspects in the other two. All three victims were found in the same area downtown.

The victims have now been identified as Collin Colbert of Gatlinburg, Ryan Gorney of Chicago and Grace Standridge of Knoxville.

We talked to several people who knew them and the suspects. The homeless community is in shock.

Joseph Holmes walked up to us to ask if police found a woman's body. His girlfriend is missing. He filed a missing person's report, and thinks she's the woman police found dead in the crawl space of this building. Joseph Holmes says, "I think they raped and killed her. They're low life scum. They just discarded a human being."

He last saw her at the homeless camp. They'd been fighting. Police found one man's body Tuesday night in a tent, then Thursday a homeless man found another man dead under trash. Then police investigated and found the woman dead in this building.

Holmes tells us the two men cops arrested moved in about two weeks ago, and they're bad news. Holmes says, "They're always drunk. Always screaming about white power. They have swastikas all over one of them. Tattoos of guns pointing down, tear drops, the SS lighting bolts. Yes, they weren't just talking it. They were flashing it."

Jerry Upton is also homeless. He knows one of men who died.
Jerry Upton says, "The young guy would give you the shirt off his back. They killed that man for nothing. He didn't do anything. He just had a few dollars in his pocket."

Upton also knows the suspects and says, "They're skin heads. You have to be careful who you associate with."

Matt Aplin lives in the Fourth and Gill neighborhood just a few blocks from where this all happened. Matt Aplin says, "That's very concerning. We knew of prostitution, but murders we've not known about. That's very disconcerting."

All three victims were in their late 20's or early 30's. Chief Rausch tells us with these arrests, he's confident the homeless population is safe tonight. All three suspects also face theft and burglary charges.


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