June 21, 2007

Fucked up...

from The AAS

David Rivas Morales, a 41-year-old house painter, had hitched a ride home with a co-worker Tuesday night when, investigators say, the driver of the car accidentally struck a 2-year-old boy near an apartment complex parking lot.

The driver got out of the Ford Taurus, which police say was surrounded by as many as 20 men, and was attacked by several of them, according to investigators.

Morales got out to try to shield the driver. He was instead beaten to death.

Austin police investigators said Wednesday that according to the handful of people they have interviewed, no one immediately around the car did anything to stop the attack.

By the time an anonymous caller dialed 911 and the first officers arrived at the Booker T. Washington housing development shortly after 9:30 p.m., the crowd had dispersed, Austin police Cmdr. Harold Piatt said.

The incident occurred about two blocks from where thousands of people gathered at Rosewood Park for the annual celebration of Juneteenth, marking the day slaves were emancipated in Texas in 1865.

Hispanic and African American leaders, fearing that the incident would create racial tension because the victim was Hispanic and the assailants were believed to be black, urged people to keep their emotions in check. Investigators said they have no indication that the attack was racially motivated.

"This is an anomaly for Austin," Piatt said. "When you have someone just beaten to death in a parking lot."

Piatt said Wednesday that "at this point, we aren't aware that any person did anything to stop the assault or prevent the injuries."

The 2-year-old, Michael Hosea Jr., was not seriously injured, authorities said.

Posted by mcblogger at June 21, 2007 11:34 AM

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