The seemingly hippy liberal Oregon had quite a shake when last week a white supremacist killed two people trying to protect two Muslim women from the man’s abuse. And now it seems there has been another brutal murder in the same state that is coming to light. at the hand of another notorious white supremacist. These hate crimes are terrorist acts, in my opinion. It happened last year and honestly this is the first I have heard of it…
Shaun King wrote on NY Daily News:
Larnell Bruce, who was 19, had just moved to Gresham, Ore., which is near Portland, earlier this year to live with his younger brother and mother. Little did he know, that a random night in August would force him to come eye to eye with a notorious white supremacist and prison gang leader, Russell Courtier.
Near midnight on Aug. 10, outside of a local 7-Eleven, Larnell Bruce was charging his cell phone and having small talk with friends and passersby when Courtier and his girlfriend drove up to the store. Almost instantly, security camera footage shows a full melee breaking out between Bruce and Courtier. According to the Portland Mercury, Courtier’s girlfriend, Colleen Hunt, could be overheard yelling “Get him, baby, get him.” Soon after, Courtier smashed Bruce’s head into the front window of the convenience store.
When Bruce pulled out a knife to protect himself, Courtier and Hunt got back into their Jeep. What happened next, much like seeing the Baton Rouge officer shoot Alton Sterling in the chest and back, shook me to my core.
As Larnell Bruce began running home, Russell Courtier and Colleen Hunt decided they were not finished with the fight and that they would use their Jeep and mow Bruce down with it.
First, as Bruce was on the sidewalk, they narrowly missed him. Security camera footage shows the teen doing his best to zigzag away from the SUV. As Bruce crossed the street, the couple, determined to run him over, crossed the Jeep into oncoming traffic and struck the teen head on.
Larnell Bruce, who suffered critical brain injuries, was found by police on the street with blood coming out of his head and ears. He survived just a few more days before succumbing to his injuries, but never spoke another word again.
This is absolutely horrifying and if it did make the mainstream, I totally missed it. These crimes often seem left in the dark and we have to bring them to light and make America face its truth.