Driver brutally murdered by hammer-wielding teens in St. Louis
Will the feds investigate this interracial attack? Will it become a national cause?
A 32 year old Bosnian man is dead after a fatal attack in St. Louis early Sunday morning.
Zemir Begic, who’d only been married for six months was beaten to death with hammers in front of his wife and friend.
According to CNN:
Two juveniles are in custody Sunday, suspected in the death of a man beaten with hammers on a St. Louis street.
The victim, 32-year-old Zemir Begic, suffered injuries to his head, abdomen, face and mouth, according to police.
He was unconscious by the time officers arrived. Begic was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
“Investigation revealed the victim was traveling in his vehicle when several juveniles approached his vehicle on foot and began damaging it.
“The victim exited his vehicle and the juveniles began yelling at the victim and striking him with hammers. After the assault, the juveniles fled the scene on foot,” read an incident report.
Two suspects were later located and taken into custody, police said. They are 15 and 16.
A motive for the attack was not immediately clear. An investigation is ongoing.
Some reports indicate race has already been ruled out as a motive for the violent attacks, while others say motive is as of yet unclear. Police are still looking for two other suspects, a 16 year old black male and a 15 year old hispanic male, according to Fox News St. Louis.
Another Bosnian man was attacked by a group wielding hammers an hour before the attack on Begic, but only sustained slight injuries. Seldin Dzananovic said a group of about five teens exchanged words with him, began punching him and then attacked him with a hammer. Using the back part of the hammer, Dzananovic received cuts to his throat and hands. Dzanavovic told KSDK the group insulted a family member. The man was attacked with a hammer when he went after them for insulting his family.
“One of them told me they were doing it for fun, just for the heck of it,” said the man, who asked not to be identified. “I’m shaken because it’s the first time I’ve got into a confrontation. I was just trying to protect my family, that’s all.”
Suad Nuranjkovic was in the passenger seat of the car with Begic when they were attacked by at least five teens. The Daily Mail reports:
‘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,’ Nuranjkovic said.
He fled to a parking lot across the street.
‘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.’
Begic’s wife of six months, Arijana said, ‘He didn’t deserve this. The last thing he did before he actually died was pull me out of the way and put himself in front of me, basically giving up his life for me.”
The Bosnian community held a spontaneous protest last night in response to the brutal murder of Begic, demanding more police action.
“The whole idea of standing out in the street is to get our attention, you’ve got my attention,” Police Chief Dotson told protesters.
The Washington Post reports:
“In Ferguson, they want to make a protest about nothing and yet that attracted attention across the nation,” Esmerovic said, adding that he didn’t believe Wilson had done anything wrong. “We’re just trying to keep more police down here because of these little thugs.”
Merosodin Salakic noted that the Ferguson protests drew a heavy police response. That’s what he wanted here.
“We’re trying to show them that what happened wasn’t right,” Salakic said.
The protesters did not chant. The protesters didn’t hurl insults at police. Some huddled around a bonfire on a garage’s parking lot. A memorial for Begic with stuffed animals began to take shape in a corner. The protesters only edged into the street whenever police showed signs of losing interest and departing.
The first waves of Bosnians began settling in St. Louis in the 1990s during the brutal Bosnian War. Today, the region is home to an estimated 60,000 refugees from Bosnia. Many live in this neighborhood in the shadow of Bevo Mill, a banquet hall topped with a massive windmill, filled with Bosnian nightclubs and grocerers.
In response, police have indicated they’re increasing foot patrols during both day and night in the Bevo Mill area where Begic was brutally murdered.
A memorial for Begic was erected in the parking lot next to where he was killed. A Gofundme campaign was launched to help pay for Begic’s funeral costs.
**Update** According to the St. Louis Police Department, a third suspect is now in custody:
A 17-yr old male has been taken into custody for homicide of Zemir Begic. A total of 3 suspects now in custody. Investigation is ongoing.
— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) December 1, 2014
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It is also the brutal murder of an immigrant, I think.
Disenfranchised in Bosnia. Murdered in America.
Not only was Begic an immigrant, but he is also a member of a minority group. Contrary to assertions of the social and planned parenthood complex, people with light-colored skin are diverse. Right down to the individual, who is more than merely a differentiated clump of cells.
I guess he may be Muslim as well.
He was Muslim.
Why is Obama silent on this murder?
white guy? can’t be used as political fodder?
One of those “little, everyday murders” that just don’t really make the cut to the national media, or, for that matter, the notice of the President Of The United States or his Attorney General.
Meanwhile, today the Wrong Rev. Al will huddle with Pres. ScamWOW at the White House.
If the police took action more actively and aggressively against the “knockout game” violence, as well as these Ferguson-related protests and riots, then these young thugs wouldn’t be encouraged to do these increasingly heinous acts.
Just wait. These thugs will say they were “protesting” the Darren Wilson grand jury decision, standing for “murder victim” Mike Brown.
Fear of racism and being called racist – as well as the DoJ clearly picking and choosing who to prosecute and go after bases solely on African-American civil rights claims…….. Well, follow the leader. And this poor man’s murder is just one “unintended consequence.”
I’ve gone from not carrying, to carrying to travelling with a second mag and spare box of ammo in the car.
You’re a smart man, Andy!
I have gone from a spare magazine for the low capacity pistol to multiple spare magazines for the low capacity pistol and, when possible, to multiple spare magazines for the high capacity pistol.
If it takes twelve rounds to stop one attacking person, then how many rounds does it take to stop four or five attacking persons?
Do you really think that there will be time to reload a magazine or two from that box of ammo?
Backup. You never run out of ammo, and I’m told many people are more afraid of edged weapons than guns.
But guns first, fer sure.
Paging Eric Holder … paging Eric Holder …
Please pick up the white courtesy phone.
Sorry, but Holder will ignore anything and everything that is white ~
That’s not true. Both Wilson and the “white-hispanic” Zimmerman definitely got Holder’s attention. The problem here is the white person was a victim and Holder cannot find any reason to blame him for what happened.
Actually, that turns out to be incorrect. Both Zimmerman and Wilson were the actual victims in these cases. Trayvon and Mike were the aggressors, not the victims.
I wonder how much longer stuff like this will go on before we’ll start to see people take justice into their own hands. I can imagine a very, very powerful urge to simply ‘disappear’ the scumbags who did this were this man a friend or family member of mine. There are many hog farms in Missouri where it would be very easy to dispose of four bodies without leaving a trace.
Another high-capacity mob. Ban high-capacity mobs.
Someone felt a head splitting animus but it wasn’t Eric Holder.
Animus defined as “a usually prejudiced and often spiteful or malevolent ill will.” Not as in “I feel bad that someone looked at me in a ‘wrong’ way.”
That, and the deliberate refusal to identify the two that they caught immediately pretty much guarantees that race was the motive for the attack. And by now, pretty much everybody understands that bit of deception.
To quote a commenter elsewhere with the handle of Sardoni:
“Vital skills for today: Postmodern Sociopolitical News Parsing. A news report’s failure to inform of either the victim’s or the suspects’ race obviously means that the victim was white and the suspects black, and that the crime was likely racially motivated. The ability to understand and correctly interpret the liberal news media is a skill is every bit as vital as was seeing and reading animal sign and human tracks to frontiersmen like Daniel Boone. And the media today is just as crafty and determined to disguise its true direction as was a Shawnee war party in 1750.”
I am also reminded of a night in Denver. When the Boat People came from SE Asia, they were placed by Denver’s Social Services in the multi-generational Hispanic “projects”. To put it mildly, there was a culture clash caused by the Asian habit of everybody in the family working and saving to get their own real home. One night it flared up when a Vietnamese family caught some Hispanics breaking into their apartment to loot it and turned them over to the police; which act was locally beyond the Pale.
The locals decided that they were going to teach the slant-eyes [I can say that, I am one] who was in charge of the area. That was a major mistake. They forgot that South East Asians have been literally at war for three generations.
Some of my Denver cop friends had a long night. The Vietnamese won based on points, tactics, and firepower. They moved the Asians out of the projects to new housing over the next two days to restore the normal level of barrio peace.
Just saying that the Bosnians here have a certain experience with urban warfare as both combatants and victims. If they decide that the law either can’t or more likely won’t protect them, it will get interesting.
If the Bosnians decide to take matters into their own hands, they will find that the DOJ will interfere. And not in favor of the Bosnians. After all, the issue would be viewed in terms of racism — Bosnians killing Blacks would be racist, whereas Blacks killing Bosnians because of the Bosnians’ skin color would be trivialized! Oh, what a world we live in!
Yeah, but Bosnians are usually Muslim. I’m not sure who trumps who in the liberal victim hierarchy.
That’s an easy one. Blacks targeted them for being white, not for being immigrants, and not for being Muslims. Blacks get all the PC points in this one, the Bosnians get none. Still, I have a feeling these Bosnians have the ways, means and will to defend themselves, and maybe exact a little revenge, with or without justice.
One of the benefits to come out of this tragic, failed regime is that we have seen the sheep and goats self-selecting.
Patrick is a dead duck, future politics-wise…to mix my metaphors.
Info on recent racial attacks rounded up here, with links.
A few snips below.
Witnesses (said) the attackers had been seen protesting the death of Michael Brown before the attack, although no proof for this claim is provided.
Several other Caucasians have been attacked by Ferguson protesters since the protests began, including Chris Schaefer (link), who was hospitalized after being targeted during a planning meeting at the Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church.
In another incident (link), Ferguson demonstrators assaulted other white protesters during a street altercation.
Another video clip shows Ferguson protesters terrorizing a white driver as he slowly tries to leave the scene.
Footage uploaded to YouTube in October also shows Ferguson demonstrators attacking a young white man who ‘just wants to go home’.
Video shot over the weekend also shows Ferguson protesters terrorizing Caucasian shoppers and forcing them to leave a Target store.
This senseless death, all the knock-out victims and all those killed in Iraq by ISIS, I put at the feet of this terrible person in the White House.How do you sleep at night, sir?
Like a great, big log, apparently.
See Benghazi, night of attack
Probably through the use of “sleep aids,” whether licit or illicit. Either way, it’s clear his conscience doesn’t bother him – it’s nonexistent ~
He has the eyes of a dope fiend for sure.
“…the slant-eyes [I can say that, I am one]…”
I make it a point never to criticize someone named Subotai. 🙂
But seriously, thank you for the story.
The murder rate of Black on Black is given short shrift though it represents 93% of their death by murder. Media coverage has routinely taken to referencing Black on White murders as Random Acts while White on Black murders are directed to be referred to as a Racist Act with their need to have it covered at a higher level with the expectation of special prosecution.
So it leaves me to ponder how the “black community” expects to have an expectation of change by the “white community” if they are not willing to afford themselves of the same standards of self-appraisal, policing, and prosecution as the “White Community” subjects themselves to?
The black-on-black murder rate is appalling. But remember, “black lives matter!” (but only in those rare instances when whites, or “white hispanics,” are doing the killing — otherwise, not so much).
Black folks, if you really want non-black people to believe that “black lives matter,” then starting acting like YOU believe black lives matter.
I am very familiar with the Bosnian community in St. Louis and blacks should be very worried about the reaction of the Bosnians’ to this event. The police aren’t needed in the Bosnian community because they handle this kind of business within the community. Mark my words, this is going to get ugly very quick!
The low-info-ed sheep in the black community are being Peter Piper-ed by the larger progressive movement seeking to force change wherever they see an opportunity. The activist black community is a very, very useful idiot for this, because they ooze victimhood and entitlement.
It is true on an individual basis and for groups of people – the solution to one’s problems is rarely a change in someone ELSE’S behavior. To expect others to change to accommodate and/or provide for one’s needs is how children think.
“the killing did not appear motivated by race or ethnicity.”
and the sun revolves around the earth
Gateway Pundit reports that witnesses say the killers screamed “f*ck the whites, kill the whites”.
Holder and Obama should apologize for the part in inciting this murder. I’m not holding my breath.
Apologize? Bullshit, both he and his race-baiting, grievance-hustling agitator boss should be in jail for inciting these riots. They are vile racist scum of the worst order. And now Barry wants another quarter billion of our tax dollars to slush around to his fellow race hustlers. Disgusting.
You know, talk and kind words are all well and good, but I feel a need to do something more concrete. Therefore, I am offering this man’s wife, Arijana, free room and board at Casa Hawkins.
Obviously, this country needs stronger hammer-control laws. It should be illegal to buy or borrow a hammer without first passing a background check.
Only licensed professionals should be allowed to execute jobs requiring putting a nail into a structure.
Media reports the teens are black and hispanic, but I doubt it. I doubt many hispanics side with those thugs, and the kid who was arrested looks half white, so that’s probably the origin of that idea.