Update: Now there is video of the aftermath.
ST. LOUIS • St. Louis Bosnians outraged about a deadly hammer attack in the city’s Bevo Mill neighborhood spilled into the streets Sunday night to voice frustrations over violence touching their community.
Nukic was among at least 50 people, mostly, if not all Bosnians, who briefly blocked Gravois Avenue at Itaska Street on Sunday night to protest the killing. The intersection was near where Zemir Begic, a Bosnian man who moved to St. Louis this year, was attacked by at least three teens with hammers early Sunday.
Police said Begic was in his vehicle about 1:15 a.m. in the 4200 block of Itaska when several juveniles approached and began damaging his car. Police said Begic got out to confront the juveniles, who began yelling at him and hitting him with hammers.
St. Louis police Chief Sam Dotson spoke with residents at the street protest Sunday night. He said he was sorry about what happened and sought to reassure people the killing did not appear motivated by race or ethnicity.
Okay, if he wasn’t targeted for being Bosnian (the victim is a pretty average looking white guy, after all), and if the teens with hammers didn’t know him, then … is there something missing from this story? Did he bump them with his car or something? Otherwise, it sure sounds like an anti-white hate crime, probably payback for Michael Brown, right?
Suad Nuranjkovic, 49, who attended Sunday night’s protest, said he and Begic were heading home from a bar on Gravois Avenue. Begic was driving and Nuranjkovic was in the passenger seat when a group of at least five teens started banging on the car. Nuranjkovic said he got out of the car and hid in a parking lot across the street during the attack.
Seldin Dzananovic, 24, said the teens with the hammers approached him farther north on Gravois about an hour before the attack on Begic. He said he was able to fight them off, suffering only cuts to his hands and neck.
She said she knows some Bosnians are upset over her brother’s death because they believe the suspects, who are black and Hispanic, targeted Begic because he was Bosnian. She said she wants people to know her brother would not have judged them because of their race; he had friends of many racial and ethnic backgrounds.
This seems to be a thing lately: when white people get murdered by nonwhites, their loved ones feel compelled to immediately make clear that the poor dead bastard wasn’t racist. You saw it a lot with the relatives of the victims of Omar Thornton’s racist rampage in 2010.
So, it’s a pretty mysterious story in St. Louis. But the London Daily Mail has more:
By the way, here’s a post-Omar Thornton 2011 news story that never made a ripple. A black truck driver, Shareef Allman, complaining about discrimination and racism on the job, shot nine coworkers, killing three of them. The three dead guys were Mexicans, so at least their relatives seem to have been spared having to explain to the press that their loved ones weren’t racist and thus didn’t have it coming.
This happened in Cupertino, CA, so that’s completely off the beaten track. No reporter ever goes to Cupertino, so that’s why you’ve never heard about this story.