By Michael Paul Adams' own words, cops say, 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin didn't say or do anything threatening to the 27-year-old man in a Peoria, Ariz., convenience store on July 4: It was simply the rap music Elijah was listening to in the parking lot that prompted Adams to suddenly and fatally stab him.
Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American civil rights activist from Brooklyn, New York, called the crime "outrageous" and said it recalled the 2012 killing of 17-year-old high school student Jordan Davis in Jacksonville, Florida.
"I just wish, if I could talk to him one more time, I'd say 'Dude, go follow those dreams that you wanted.' Everyone deserves that", she said.
Young black teens are being murdered in the United States for wearing hoodies, playing with toys, listening to rap music, standing outside a store.
Authorities found Adams a short distance away and said he admitted to the attack, telling investigators Al-Amin did not say or do anything to provoke him. Having allegedly been attacked before by people listening to rap, Adams told police that the music and people who listen to it are a threat. The white suspect, 27-year-old Michael Paul Adams, says he carried out the murder because the boy was playing Hip-Hop music. Al-Amin modified into as soon as pronounced slow decrease than half hour after he modified into as soon as stabbed.
"Why would you take somebody's life?"
Presidential candidate Cory Booker has demanded justice of Elijah Al-Amin. "I don't understand it".
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Meanwhile, just like after the slaying of Davis, the hashtag #JusticeForElijah has begun trending on social media in memory of the promising 17-year old.
According to AZ Central, Al-Amin was listening to rap music while parked in his auto at a convenience store parking lot in Peoria, Arizona.
Numerous people commenting on Twitter said claims about Adams' mental illness should not be used to explain away what they believe was a hate crime. He said detectives on the case concluded that, even though Adams mentioned multiple races in his confession, the incident did not meet the threshold for hate crime charges. "It's not completely off the table", Sheffert said.
During Adams's initial appearance, attorney Jacie Cotterell told the judge that Adams had a history of mental illness, but the Arizona Department of Corrections released him with no medication and without transportation to mental health services.
Cotterell later told Good Evening Arizona, "This is a disabled person and he's been released into the world and left to fend for himself, two days later - this is where we are".
"My client is a very unfortunate young man". Adams' lawyer claimed he is mentally ill. Many people on Twitter believe Adams should not be viewed as the victim and mental health issues can not always be a means for white extremism to be justified.
Police recovered a weapon upon arresting Mr. Adams. He is scheduled for a preliminary court hearing on July 15.