National murder strikes public outrage
Over the weekend, a young teenager was murdered in Peoria, AZ for allegedly playing his rap music to the distaste of man who murdered him due feeling threatened by the music which has caused national and social outrage in several communities.
27-year-old Michael Paul Adams was charged and arrested on a first-degree and premeditated murder of 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin. Adams slit the boy’s throat and stabbed him with a pocketknife at the Peoria Circle K gas station. Adams claimed that he never felt threatened by Al-Amin but felt “unsafe” due to the hip-hop music he was playing by claiming that the genre of music was a threat to him and his community. Adams also claimed that he was being “proactive, and not reactive” in committing the murder.
Now, many social media outlets and news outlets have brought national attention to the story as another unarmed black teenager was murdered.
Many news outlets have labeled Adams as “mentally-ill” following Adams recent release from a mental health facility in which his attorney Jacie Cotterell labeled him “a disabled person.” Others have not made much mention of the mental health issue, but have instead labeled Adams as simply a murderer.
Social media platforms such as Twitter, have seen a large number of people make tweets that come to the aid of Elijah by having created the hashtag #JusticeForElijah to send their condolences to the family and voice their opinions that have carried over into today.
Just last year in July, 18-year-old Nia Wilson was murdered byJames Cowell with similitaries being that the murder was accused of having mental health issues. The case was suspended back in April in order to evaluate Cowell’s mental health status.
Now moving forward, the question will become how will Elijah’s case be labeled.