James Sanders of Edgewood, Washington, put an ad on Craigslist for a 1.07-carat diamond ring, with an asking price of $1,050. (He had sold items on Craigslist before.)
A couple came by to look at the ring, but then pulled a gun on James and his wife, Charlene. Then two other intruders entered the home.
"I could feel rushing around," Charlene told Meredith Vieira on "Today." "My husband and I were looking at each other, panicking, saying, 'Just take it, take it, take anything you want.' We just kept chanting it: 'Take it.' Then all of a sudden we're getting zip-tied and put down on the floor in the kitchen. I could tell that people had been rushing in."
The intruders went upstairs and brought down Sanders' sons, Jimmy, 14, and Chandler, 10. Then they shot and killed James -- right in front of his family.
Four people have been arrested in connection with the case and charged with a number of crimes, including first-degree murder. The suspects have been identified as Clabon Terrel Berniard, 23, Amanda Knight, 21, Kiyoshi Higashi, 22, and Joshua Reese, 20.
Charlene says that if you are selling something on Craigslist, DO NOT let the buyers come to your home. Meet them in the police-station parking lot, she suggests.
Our heart goes out to the Sanders family in this tragic time.
Do you buy or sell things on Craigslist?