Magic: The Gathering cards can have considerable value. When you have a collection of them, you could be sitting on a small fortune. Thirty-year-old Sean Dugas of Pensacola, Florida had a collection that was estimated to be worth anywhere from $25,000 – $100,000. That’s definitely more than pocket change.
Unfortunately, two fellow Magic players wanted that collection for themselves. They beat Dugas to death, hid his body, and stole the cards. The twins responsible – William and Christopher Cormier – are now facing charges of homicide. Dugas was part of tight knit community; all parties were known as Magic players and everyone is reeling from the news.
From Calvin Rarie, president of the University of West Florida’s Magic club:
“He was a dominant figure in the Magic community,” Rarie said. “When news came of his death, it shook all of us.”
Several players also reported that the Cormiers also were mainstays of the Magic community several years ago but had dropped off the scene. It’s a tragedy, but I hope it doesn’t mean that people will blame the game for the violence.