Should we be like vigilantes and take the law into your own hands?
By Noble Johns
NEWARK, New Jersey (BNW) The triple murder suspect in Newark, Jose Carranza, has turned himself in to the mayor for protection. He turned himself in because a mob of angry Black men was at his door. He better be glad he turned himself in to the mayor because he was on his way to being the first Hispanic lynched by a Black mob for the senseless murder of three Black kids. Should we as Blacks be like vigilantes and take the law into our own hands?
Word is, that a lynch mob was at his door, and he was so afraid that he shitted on himself before he could turn himself in to the authorities. When a crime is so senseless and brutal like the one in Newark, thats the time to get out the ropes. While I personally dont believe in vigilante justice, sometimes its needed to send a message to criminals that we aint gone take it anymore. If these illegals were in the white community with this bullshit, they would be deported out this country before "Quick" gets ready.
Blacks in this country know about vigilante justice because we learned it from the white man. He taught us well about lynching, so we know what to do. We wont be like him because you dont need to dismember the body of a lynched man for souvenirs. We should just hang him and be gone.
Carranza, 28, a suspect in the execution-style slaying of three college students surrendered to Newark's mayor on Thursday in a case that has shaken this crime-hardened city and placed the mayor's political future at risk. We let these stinking illegal immigrates live in our communities because they won't be caught in the white communities in this country, and here they are murdering our young! They need to all go back to their counties and take their drugs with them, because we don't want them living in the Black community. Not in our backyard!.
The unusual arrest of Carranza, occurred just after Mayor Cory Booker announced that police had detained a 15-year-old suspect in the case on Wednesday night. As a result, Carranza tried to brake and run with the mob on his ass. "He knew maybe if he turned himself in to me he would be safer, but my focus was to get him off the streets," Booker said Friday morning during an appearance on CNN's "American Morning."
Details about Carranza's background emerged Friday as police looked for three more suspects. It was reveal that he's a piece of shit that is in this country illegally. How in the Hell di a illegal immegrate get get into the Black community in the first palce? We will let anybody come into our community and do anything, and we are too stupid to stop it.
Carranza appears to be an undocumented immigrant from Peru who has been using a bogus Social Security number, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said.
Carranza had been scheduled to appear in court next Monday to answer two previous indictments. One accuses him of sexually assaulting and threatening to kill a 13-year-old. Another charges him with an array of assault and weapons offenses.
Police are looking for two juveniles and one adult who may have been involved in the shootings, Newark's daily newspaper, The Star Ledger reported in its Friday editions. Fontoura confirmed to CNN that is the "ballpark" of the age range of those being sought.
Newark Police Director Garry McCarthy told reporters that his office was "close to piecing the entirety of this event together."
Ballistics evidence, information from the shooting's lone survivor and a fingerprint lifted from a beer bottle at the scene led to the major break in a case that has outraged a city numbed by street violence.
"There seems to be no motivation, no provocation," Booker said during his CNN appearance, calling the crime "evil."
"This was just a disgusting, vicious attack and it's troubling because it's at the core, really," Booker said. "What they they were attacking really not only these amazing children and their families but what the core of Newark is really about."
The three students were lined up and shot in the head on Saturday night in the playground of a Newark primary school. A fourth person, a 19-year-old woman, was shot in the face and survived.
Booker was called away from a news conference by an aide who told him a second suspect was prepared to turn himself in to the mayor. Felix Montalvo, a prominent Newark defense lawyer and acquaintance of the mayor, represented the suspect.
Booker then met Carranza and his lawyer at a police station around the corner from the news conference before returning to announce the second arrest to the media.
"Mr. Montalvo walked in with the suspect, and said to me, 'This is the man you are looking for.' I handed him to the homicide detectives who were there, and they handcuffed him," Booker said.
The cops in Newark will never lynch a dog like Carranza, but you can bet hes getting the beat down of his life, as I write.
The case has captured national attention because the victims, two men and a woman aged between 18 and 20, were by all accounts young adults who had steered clear of Newark's notorious crime culture.
Booker, 38, has taken a prominent role in the case after coming into office a year ago asking Newark voters to hold him accountable if crime in the city of 280,000 people 10 miles (16 km) west of New York was not reduced.
Police had been investigating the case as robbery but now say they have not determined a motive. They have ruled out gang activity even though many residents near the shooting site say they are convinced the students were killed as part of some gang initiation.
My feelings are that I want to get the killers who committed these murders off the streets as quickly as possible and to provide as much solace for the families of the victims as possible," Booker said.
He described the murders as "horrible acts that have harmed the fabric, the spirit, and the reputation of our entire community."
The suspect insisted on surrendering to the mayor after learning he was wanted for murder. That was a smart move for Carranza to turn himself in to the mayor because I suspect that the cops would have done the right thing before turning his dead body in.
"He simply came forward. He said nothing," recalled Booker, who rushed from a news conference to meet the lawyer, Felix Lopez Montalvo, for the surrender. There are others involved in this crime, and if they are Black, they need to be lynched too.
"We put him in handcuffs and we walked the individual into the office. I personally helped the detective to sit him down and I left," the mayor added.
Booker said others are being sought. "We have very, very strong leads," he told reporters. "I want the killers off the streets of Newark."
Ballistics evidence, information from the shooting's lone survivor and a fingerprint lifted from a beer bottle at the scene led to the major break in a criminal case that has outraged a city numbed by street violence.
At a news conference earlier Thursday, Booker praised the "incredible courage" of survivor Natasha Aeriel, 19. She is in stable condition and under heavy police guard at The University Hospital in Newark, recovering from gunshot and knife wounds.
"From her hospital bed, she has been cooperating with authorities and making identifications," Booker said.
Newark Police Director Garry McCarthy and Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow asked for the public's help in the rapidly developing case. A $150,000 reward is being offered for information.
An arrest warrant had sought Carranza's arrest for three counts of murder, a single count of attempted murder, four counts of robbery, conspiracy and weapons offenses.
"We believe that others were involved in this heinous crime. We are looking for them," Dow said.
The 15-year-old was not identified because of his age, but Dow said she would seek to try him as an adult.
Newark has become accustomed to violence but the slayings on Saturday night touched a nerve.
The four friends, ages 18 to 20, were shot while listening to music at the schoolyard.
Three of them Terrance Aeriel, 18, Dashon Harvey, 20; and Iofemi Hightower, 20 were forced to kneel against a wall and were shot in the head, execution style.
Authorities have said robbery appeared to be the motive, but Dow said Tuesday that police also were looking into possible gang involvement.
While Newark has seen 60 homicides this year, the schoolyard killings stood out because the victims, by all accounts, were good kids. All four were enrolled at Delaware State University or were in the process of enrolling.
James Harvey, Dashon's father, described his son Monday as "a good, good student, college student."
"For him to be killed on the streets of Newark needlessly is very unacceptable," he said at a news conference.
"They're out here hurting innocent kids," he added. "Innocent people are dying needlessly, unnecessarily and for what? For what? This has to stop."
In a city where gun violence has become an all too common part of daily life, these shootings were enough to chill even the most hardened residents: Four young friends shot execution-style in a schoolyard just days before they were to head to college.
Family friend Cathy Rainey, left, holds up a 2006 photograph of Iofemi Hightower, 20, and Terrance Aeriel, 18, who were shot to death Saturday.
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Three were killed after being forced to kneel against a wall and then shot in the head at close range Saturday night, police said.
A young woman was found slumped near some bleachers 30 feet away, a gunshot wound to the head but still alive.
The four Newark residents were to attend Delaware State University this fall. No arrests had been made by Monday and authorities had not identified suspects.
The shootings ratcheted up anger in New Jersey's largest city, where the murder rate has risen 50 percent since 1998. The high number of killings have prompted billboards in the downtown area that scream, "HELP WANTED: Stop the Killings in Newark Now!"
"Anyone who has children in the city is in panic mode," Donna Jackson, president of Take Back Our Streets, a community-based organization. "It takes something like this for people to open up their eyes and understand that not every person killed in Newark is a drug dealer."
The killings bring Newark's murder total for the year to 60, and put pressure on Mayor Cory A. Booker, who campaigned last year on a promise of reducing crime.
Jackson said Booker "doesn't deserve another day, another second, while our children are at stake."
Booker said Monday that it was "not a time to play politics and divide our city." A $50,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest of those involved, he said.
A month ago, Booker and Police Director Garry McCarthy announced that crime in the city had fallen by 20 percent in the first six months of 2007 compared to a year ago. Yet despite decreases in the number of rapes, aggravated assaults and robberies, the murders have continued.
Natasha Aeriel, 19, was listed in fair condition at Newark's University Hospital. Police identified her slain companions as her brother, Terrance Aeriel, 18, Iofemi Hightower, 20, and Dashon Harvey, 20.
Authorities believe the shootings were a random robbery committed by several assailants and that some of the victims may have tried to resist their attackers. They were piecing together details of the attack from interviews with Natasha Aeriel. Video Watch how the victims were ambushed »
Hightower and the Aeriels had been friends since elementary school and played in the marching band at West Side High School. Terrance Aeriel, known as T.J., took Hightower to the school prom in 2006, chauffeured by his sister.
At Delaware State they met Harvey, another musician, and struck up a friendship. Friends and family members said the four were not involved in drinking, drugs or gangs.
They liked to congregate at the school, which sits in a middle-class neighborhood less than a mile from the campus of Seton Hall University, to hang out and listen to music.
Harvey's father, James, said Monday the parents of the assailants were to blame.
"If you raised your kids better, this would not happen," he said.
Hightower worked two jobs and recently enrolled at the school. One of her jobs was at Brighton Gardens, an assisted living center in nearby West Orange, where her mother also worked.
On the afternoon of the killings, she told her mother she planned to spend the night at Natasha Aeriel's house near the Mount Vernon School.
"The last time I heard her voice was Saturday night," Hightower said between sobs. "She called me from work to let me know Natasha was going to pick her up and she was going to spend the night. She told me she loved me."
The Aerials' mother, Renee Tucker, said the last time she saw them was around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, when they told her they were going around the corner to get something to eat.
"They said they were going to come right back to the house," Tucker said.
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