Facebook Page May Provide Clue in Tulsa Killings
Shootings of blacks followed murder anniversary of suspect's dad
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2012 1:35 AM CDT
Updated Apr 9, 2012 9:56 AM CDT
Jake England (left) and Alvin Watts were busted in the shootings of five black male pedestrians last week in Tulsa.   (AP Photo/Tulsa Police Department via Tulsa World)

(Newser) – Investigators are probing racially charged Facebook comments by one of two white men busted in the murder of black pedestrians in Oklahoma. The apparently random shootings by suspected gunmen Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, left three people dead and two critically injured. The Tulsa shootings occurred nearly two years to the day England's father was shot dead by a black man, he noted with a racist slur on his Facebook page, reports ABC News. "Today is two years that my dad has been gone shot by a f------ n-----. It's hard not to go off," he reportedly wrote on Thursday. "Between that and Sheran"—referring to his recently deceased girlfriend—"I'm gone in the head."

Police have cautioned that it is too soon to conclude that these were hate crimes, even though, in the words of one police chief, "logic would lead you to believe that." The two men appeared in court today, where bond was set at $9.16 million apiece, the AP reports. The AP (and Newser) originally reported that they had been charged at that time, but they haven't been; formal charges will come at a later date. They are being held on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder and two of shooting with the intent to kill.

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BCS
Apr 9, 2012 1:44 PM CDT
This is getting out of hand. The average white or black is not racist. Maybe fearful but not racist. With who owns and runs the media, i fear this is an attempt to start a race war for the sake of division and distraction. I'm sick of people thinking this is far fetched. The bank owned government is doing horrible things right now and they need the American people divided in order to accelerate there insanity and keep us distracted. The top of the elite want to control us, they want to goad us into a manufactured race war, or a left right war, or any other kind of divisive separation tactic. Restrain hate at all cost, come together for the sake of dialog and freedom. Terrible things are constantly happening in a world with 7 billion and a country with 330 million. The media highlights what they choose to highlight. I have a feeling the coverage of what happened in Florida might have been the straw that broke the camels back in this Tulsa incident. It's time we shine the light on the real enemy. Those controlling our politicians and corporations.
Observer
Apr 9, 2012 1:07 PM CDT
Hard to decide? Maybe these were "Kindness" killings.
meanbill
Apr 9, 2012 10:25 AM CDT
Hate festers like an open sore, and if not treated, grows more and more, and when preachers demand vengeance against others, the message is also heard by "the others" and ends in violence, against others, and "the other" innocents. --------- REALLY