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From the New York Times:

Missouri: 3 Teenagers Arrested in Hammer Death

Three teenagers have been arrested after a man was beaten to death with hammers in St. Louis. The victim, Zemir Begic, 32, a Bosnian immigrant, was in his car about 1:15 a.m. Sunday when several young people began damaging it, the police said. He suffered injuries to his head, abdomen, face and mouth, and was pronounced dead at a hospital. A 17-year-old suspect turned himself in late Sunday, after 15- and 16-year-old suspects were taken into custody.

And … that’s it.

Hey, it’s just a local police blotter item from 900 miles from New York City. It’s not like it has anything to do with New York, much less with the most important place on Earth for the last four months, Ferguson, MO.

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From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Mayor, police, say race played no role in hammer slaying of Bosnian immigrant

3 hours ago • By Christine Byers and Nicholas J.C. Pistor

Sejdalija Nuhanovic holds up a Bosnian flag along Gravois Road after a march on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Police blocked traffic as hundreds of people marched from Holly Hills Avenue down Gravois Road to Itaska Street where Begic was killed. Photo By David Carson,

Fatal hammer attack on Bosnian immigrant not racially motivated, St. Louis police say

But authorities aren’t saying what they believe motivated the deadly attack. Read more

ST. LOUIS • One teen was charged with murder, two more were held and a fourth was sought Monday as officials spent another day trying to quell speculation that the bludgeoning death of a Bosnian immigrant was racially motivated.

“There is no evidence that this was a crime occasioned by the race or ethnicity of the victim,” Mayor Francis Slay declared in a formal statement. He added, “Speculation that this attack had anything to do with the Ferguson protests is absolutely unfounded.”

I see nuff-fink!

Perhaps because St. Louis is kind of German, Mayor Slay’s press conference reminds of Sgt. Schultz on Hogan’s Heroes proclaiming that he sees “Nuff-fink! Nuff-FINK!”

Police have been saying the same thing about the killing of Zemir Begic, 32, who was beaten to death with at least two hammers near Gravois Avenue and Itaska Street about 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

Robert Joseph Mitchell, 17, who lives on Winnebago Street, turned himself in at city police headquarters late Sunday and was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. It was unclear whether two other suspects in custody, juveniles 15 and 16, will be charged as adults. Police said they know the identity of a fourth participant, who is sought.

Mitchell and one of the two juveniles in custody are black, police said; the other is Hispanic.

According to court documents, members of the group yelled at Begic, his fiancée and two others as they walked to Begic’s car. As the vehicle drove away, one teen jumped on the back and began beating on it. Begic stopped and got out, and one of the men taunted him to fight before all four attacked — and continued to beat him after he fell to the ground.

“We think it was wrong place, wrong time,” police spokeswoman Schron Jackson said.

Detectives do not believe the attackers took anything but Begic’s life. He died at St. Louis University Hospital, suffering injuries to his head, abdomen, face and mouth. …

About 300 people gathered Monday afternoon for a two-hour vigil near the scene in the Bevo Mill neighborhood — about three times as many as had gathered Sunday night. Many were worried that racial tension had fueled the killing.

Some demanded more police attention, which Chief Sam Dotson promised Sunday. …

Lewis Reed, president of the Board of Aldermen, wrote a letter Monday to the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, asking the budget director to research ways to pay for more police. It echoes a call already made by Dotson, citing continuing protests since the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson Aug. 9.

Reed wrote: “From what we have seen during the past week, there is no indication that the protests and demonstrations are going to be slowing down any time in the near future. We should not ask the members of our police department to continue to work 12-hour shifts indefinitely. This could lead to morale problems as well as diminishing returns with respect to effective law enforcement.”

Some who gathered at the scene Monday talked of surviving war in their home country and coming to America for a better life, only to be met with a crime like this. …

The crowd chanted, “Bosnian lives matter!” taking a cue from Ferguson protesters who often rally with the call, “Black lives matter!”

Commenter Suburban Elk speculates:

The Bosnian community in St Louis is in a difficult situation. Begic was attacked as a white man, and killed as a Bosnian. …

Begic probably did not back down, like a typical deracinated white American would have. So Begic and his companion Nuranjkovic were picked out for being white; and then their actions were more Balkan and Slav, and in that case it lead to his death. (I am not suggesting that the youths would have spared some pleading white Americans, but.)


So now what are the Bosnians to do? They would like to exact revenge, but the black and maybe hispanic youths who killed Begic were part of a mob, not members of a family or clan.

The Bosnians there fell victim to the the hatred for white Americans and they are in a catch-22. They can’t respond as Bosnians, because their enemies are not from a clan and were not after them as Bosnians. Their response would be to exact vengeance but against whom?

And they can’t respond as white Americans, because … well, white Americans don’t exist.

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Via Alex Jones’ InfoWars from, here’s a video shot by a white lady bystander as St. Louis EMTs load Zemir Begic’s corpse into an ambulance after he was murdered early Sunday morning by a wilding mob of black and Hispanic youths swinging hammers. The camerawoman narrates (Language NSFW):

“And, of course, it’s a white kid, right after black people running up and down the street yelling, ‘Eff the white people, kill the white people.’ This is what we have.”

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Update: Now there is video of the aftermath.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Bosnian community in St. Louis outraged over fatal hammer attack in Bevo Mill neighborhood

10 hours ago • By Joel Currier

Murdered man and his widow

Bevo area residents express frustration with violence against Bosnians after a man was attacked overnight by teens with hammers.

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.

“We’re just angry because we’re trying to protect our community,” said Mirza Nukic, 29, of St. Louis. “We’re just trying to be peaceful.”

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.

Bosnian whites are allowed to protest racist hate crimes as Bosnians, but not as whites.

The 32-year-old victim of mob violence had lived in the United States for the majority of his life, but the important thing is he’s Bosnian, not white. Please, nobody mention the W-word.

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.

Begic, 32, who lived in the 4200 block of Miami Street, suffered injuries to his head, abdomen, face and mouth. He died at St. Louis University Hospital.

Some of the demonstrators recalled other recent Bosnian victims of violence, including Haris Gogic, 19, who was fatally shot in May 2013 by a robber in his family’s Bevo Mill convenience store.

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.

“There is no indication that the gentleman last night was targeted because he was Bosnian,” Dotson said. “There’s no indication that they knew each other.”

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?

Dotson said police have two male juveniles, ages 15 and 16, in custody. Police know the nickname of a third suspect and believe a fourth was involved. …

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.

“I was afraid that if one of them had a gun, they were going to shoot me, so I didn’t know what to do,” he said.

Nuranjkovic said the attack has made him fearful to live in his own neighborhood.

“The picture is in my head, what I saw,” he said. “I don’t know why this is happening to Bosnians. We could go around and shoot people, too, but we just want peace.”

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.

So, this was a roving mob late on a Saturday night attacking white people with hammers over the course of an hour or so?

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:

Police said Begic was not targeted for being Bosnian and did not say if there was a connection to unrest after Ferguson grand jury decision

The suspects are described as being a group of Hispanic and black males by the St Louis Post-Dispatch but Police Chief Sam Dotson stated the attack was not racially or ethnically motivated.

It’s not as if powerful and prestigious institutions have been telling minority teens in the St. Louis area for the last week that they are the victims of white people.

Oh, wait, they have …

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.

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