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Arrests made in racial hate crime murder of French artist in Detroit


Bilal Bernini is a French artist. He had gone to Tunisia and Libya to paint images of the Revolutions. Then he came to Detroit to paint images of the dilapidated landscape. In short order he was murdered by a group of black teenagers. One of the suspects was only 13 years old.

The suspects have only just now been arrested. Based on comments from his family and friends, Berreni is a left-wing do-gooder type. He probably thought that blacks residents who not attack him because he felt like he was on their side.

Bernini had nothing of any value to steal. The perps simply wanted to kill a white person.

From USA Toady…

t took months for Bilal Berreni’s remains to be identified at the morgue.

Investigators dug into the French street artist’s fatal shooting at a dilapidated housing project, while Berreni’s friends and loved ones waited for answers.

On Wednesday, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced that three people have been charged with murder and armed robbery in the 23-year-old’s death.

“It sickens me that a young, talented artist who had traveled the world to pursue his passion was murdered here, thus reinforcing the stereotypes for many about our city of Detroit,” Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. “We will do everything that we possibly can under the law to bring the killers of Mr. Berreni to justice.”

Jasin R. Curtis, 18, Dionte D. Travis, 17, and Drequone L. Rich, 20, were charged with felony murder, armed robbery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm in a felony in connection with Berreni’s death in July 2013. All three have been arraigned and are scheduled to be in court Sept. 11 for a preliminary examination, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

“It is alleged that the defendants robbed and killed Berreni,” Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, said in a news release.

She said a 14-year-old, in custody in the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility, is expected to be charged Thursday in connection with Berreni’s death.

Alexandra Gilder, one of the friends Berreni made in Detroit, was emotional upon hearing people had been charged in his killing.

“I can’t help but, like, try to imagine their faces,” she said of those charged. “I think that will be a very emotional moment for me to see that. To put faces to this terrible incident.”