Father, 24, shot and killed during a car robbery before three suspects set the car on fire

Terrick Matthews (pictured) was shot in the neck and died Tuesday night in a violent car robbery

A father-of-two died in Atlanta after being shot in the neck during a car robbery on Tuesday.

Terrick Matthews, 24, was in the passenger seat of the car with a friend when three men approached them, with one brandishing a pistol, the second man in the car told the police.

The two men left the vehicle without problems, but when the trio entered, one of the three men fired his gun, hit Matthews in the neck and killed him.

Police say he died from his injuries at the scene.

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Terrick Matthews (pictured) was shot in the neck and died Tuesday night in a violent car robbery

Terrick Matthews (pictured) was shot in the neck and died Tuesday night in a violent car robbery

Matthews has two young children, and police say that her family is dismayed by her sudden death

Matthews has two young children, and police say that her family is dismayed by her sudden death

Matthews (left) has two small children, and police say that her family is distressed by her sudden death

Matthews (left) has two small children, and police say that her family is distressed by her sudden death

Matthews (pictured left on both images) has two young children, and police say that her family is distressed by her sudden death

After taking off with Matthews' car, the three men headed to a nearby service station, with surveillance footage obtained by WSBTV showing that a man pays for the fuel before finding an empty plastic bottle in a nearby container.

Police say the man filled the bottle with gas before using it to set fire to the stolen car less than a mile from the service station.

East Point police spokeswoman Ebony Johnson says there is no reason why Matthews should die this week.

"It was not necessary for them to take their own lives," he told the station.

While it is believed that three of the men are directly involved in the theft of cars, the other two were also seen at the gas station that night and are believed to have information that could help the police (it is not known which of the men is suspect )

& # 39; They were in compliance. They were leaving the vehicle at that point & # 39;

Matthews has two young children, and police say her family is distressed by her sudden death.

The East Point Police have identified five men they want to talk to: the three they saw in the car, as well as two others who were also at the service station on Tuesday.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477.

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