Given the event the crowd was attending ... I'm wondering if we have a racist motive here.
An angry crowd beat a man to death after a vehicle he was riding in struck and injured a young girl, police said Wednesday.
Police believe 2,000 to 3,000 people were in the area for a Juneteenth celebration when the attack occurred Tuesday night.
The driver had stopped to check on the little girl at the entrance to an apartment complex when a group of men attacked him, authorities said. The passenger, David Rivas Morales, 40, got out to try to help the driver, but the crowd turned on him, said police Commander Harold Piatt.
Morales was beaten to death by as many as 20 men and left lying in a parking lot, Piatt said. A preliminary autopsy listed blunt force trauma as the cause of death.
The little girl, 3 or 4 years old, was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver, who got away from the crowd, is cooperating with investigators, police said.
I don't know how the crowd was dispersed at this event, or if that had something to do with the driver not being able to see the girl until it was too late.
Since she was 3 or 4 ... where was her parents?
This wasn't a hit and run, and the driver stopped to check on the girl when he was attacked.
The event is Juneteenth ... a day commemorating the end of slavery in the US. Specifically, Juneteenth marks the day Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston in 1865 to share news of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves two years earlier on Jan. 1, 1863.
The victim, David Rivas Morales, has a hispanic name, and is likely not black. I don't know who the driver is, or what race they are. However, I'm betting they aren't black either.
This leads me to believe that we may have a racially motivated attack here by the black crowd celebrating the end of slavery. This would not be the first time a black crowd has turned on members of other races. (That is a fact, and observation ... not a racist statement. Nor is it implying that only black crowds turn on other races.)
It should be noted that we don't know if the girl was black at this point either.
If this ends up playing out the way I hypothesis ... will the attackers be charged with hate crimes?
Well, no surprise here ... authorities are saying that there is no indication of a hate crime here ... RIIIGHT. Just like there is no indication of a hate crime here either.
The child hit was a 2 year old boy ... again, where are his parents?