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Black Man Shot and Dragged for Nine Miles

June 7, 2010

Above: Early twentieth century image of a Black males’ lynched hanging dead corpses.

From this Link:

This week’s shooting death and subsequent dragging of a black man in South Carolina are being investigated as a possible hate crime, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Sheriff Lee Foster said the body of 30-year-old Anthony Hill was found early Wednesday on a road near an elementary school in the town of Pomaria, 35 miles west-northwest of Columbia.

Hill had a single gun shot wound to the head, his body was nearly nude and a rope was around his neck and upper torso, Foster said.

Foster said Hill’s body — which carried no identification — was found around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday by a motorist, who called 911. Officers followed a trail of blood and human tissue nine miles to the trailer park where Hill’s co-worker Gregory Collins lives, surrounded his trailer for nearly four hours and finally resorted to tear gas, Foster said. “He came outside and gave himself up,” Foster added.

Collins, 19, who is white, is charged with murder. Both men worked in Newberry at the Louis Rich turkey processing plant, said Foster.

“They did know each other; they worked in the same industry, on the same shift but different divisions,” said Foster. “Neighbors told us the two spent most of the day together Tuesday. They were seen on a porch drinking together.”

Hill, an Army veteran who lived in the neighboring county of Fairfield, was estranged from his wife and had two children, Foster said.

Investigators have not concluded that the killing is a hate crime, but are looking at it as one, according to Foster. “We called the FBI out of an abundance of caution,” he said. “We have no motive whatsoever as to why these two gentlemen would have been together, then one shoots the other in the head and drags him down the road. It’s a horrific act of violence.”

Collins, who is being held in the Newberry County Detention Center, has been assigned a public defender.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2010 1:16 am

    This story is so disturbing but not surprising even in 2010. Even in large cities, racism is alive and kicking.

    The black and white photo posted looks like it was taken from James Allen photo book “Without Sanctuary.” A compelling look at how lynchings across America became a mass spectacle for all to see, take pictures and make postcards out of to send to their loved ones back home. If you haven’t yet, check it out.

    Great blog by the way. You will see more of me. A young Haitian-American girl whose tracing her history day by day.

    AJ

  2. rene permalink
    June 15, 2010 11:20 am

    Nothing like being Black in America!

  3. WOW permalink
    March 16, 2011 8:19 pm

    My English teacher showed us this photo, and what’s even worse is that a couple
    came to see a hanging as a date, to the bottom left, you can see lovers holding hands,
    and watching this like it’s completely normal.
    It’s wrong, in so many ways.

  4. April 25, 2012 3:07 pm

    Huh? This cannot be! I thought that we ALL started getting along when Mr. Rodney King asked us to do so through his trembling lips after he was beaten worse than PETA would allow. Huh? What was that Mr. Vick? Yeah, they beats us worse than they would allow a dog to be beaten and then beat us down for beating the dogs. Ahhhhhhhhhh, do we have something like a double standard at work here?????

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