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Arrests made in racial hate crime murder of Bobby Christman


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Two arrests have been made in the random hate crime style murder of Bobby Christman in St. Louis, MO. His murder was the fourth random black on white hate crime style murder in St. Louis in seven weeks.

Christman was in a car with two other females in front of the St. Louis Museum. Three black males surrounded their car. One opened a door and shot Christman in the head at point blank range. Some of the local media downplayed the attack as “an attempted purse snatching.”

Now, all three suspects have been arrested while committing other crimes. The first was arrested for trying to take weapons onto school property in East St.Louis. Police also discovered he was using a stolen car. Now two more are being held on felony charges related to alleged crimes they committed in Illinois.

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch…

Authorities said two men jailed on a string of charges in St. Clair County are connected to the murder of Bobby Christman, a DeSmet Jesuit High School graduate who was fatally shot this month in downtown St. Louis.

Aza K. Thompson and Tony Ross, both from East St. Louis, were held in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bail on various Illinois felony charges, but not murder.

State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly announced Monday night that he filed multiple charges “related to the ongoing investigation of the homicide” of Christman, who was 19 and lived in south St. Louis County.

Christman was fatally shot about 12:45 a.m. Jan. 11 in an apparent robbery attempt as he sat in a parked car with his brother and girlfriend at Lucas Avenue and North 15th Street, near the Washington Avenue entertainment district.