Police: Killers recite nursery rhyme before murdering LGBTQ artist

A suspect in the rape and shooting death of an LGBTQ college student in Southwest Atlanta made a game out of selecting who he would kill before pulling the trigger, according to police.

The details of the crime were revealed Friday during the first court appearance for Anthony Laquan Goss, according to the AJC. Goss (photo left) and Roy Hill (photo right) allegedly kidnapped 28-year-old Te'a Denise Liger and an unidentified man and woman on Aug. 21. Liger identified as LGBTQ in public social media posts.

They tortured the three — including raping Liger and the other woman — before forcing them to their knees with their heads down in an execution-style position, according to Atlanta Police Inv. Michael Young.

According to the AJC:

“They pulled the mattress over (the victims’) heads and played a game: Eeny meeny miny mo, someone has got to go,” Young said in court, adding that Goss was the man who spoke the nursery rhyme.

Young said Goss then asked Hill, “Didn’t you say you wanted to kill somebody?” Hill allegedly replied “no,” but Goss is accused of saying, “Somebody has got to go,” before shooting Liger in the head. 

Goss and Hill got into a fight, which allowed the unidentified female victim to escape and call police, according to the AJC. The suspects fled, but Goss was charged with kidnapping, rape and murder two days later. Hill was charged with the same crimes on Aug. 27. Both remain in Fulton County Jail without bond.

Liger was a star athlete at Kell High School in Marietta, according to WSB-TV. She graduated in 2016 and was attending Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Hill waived his first appearance and preliminary hearing, according to Chris Hopper, spokesperson for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.