Family says the murder of Tennessee man, David Santucci, was a ‘hate crime’
A Tennessee man was walking to his car on a city street late at night on August 12 when he was confronted by three black individuals.
David Santucci, age 27, was shot dead and police have since arrested three people and charged them with first degree murder.
Police say Mario Patterson, Dondre Johnson and Jerrica Norflett admitted to the crime. Thirteen minutes after the shooting police arrested the trio at Foote Homes public housing just over a mile away from the scene of the crime.
Patterson, age 23, and Johnson, age 19, were both charged with first degree murder in the perpetration of robbery. Norfleet, age 23, was charged with accessory after the fact first degree murder.
While there is the theory of a botched robbery, Santucci still had his wallet and his phone, a fact his family and friiends say doesn’t add up. The killers didn’t flee very far, were found close to the incident, hardly the likely behavior of thieves, says friends of the victim.
The Blaze analysis details the “hate crime” theory and how Patterson’s Facebook was full of Trayvon Martin photos and support.
Miguel (De Diago) told TheBlaze that he tracked the alleged shooter, Patterson through his Facebook account — an account now deleted. He said the page had numerous photos of Trayvon Martin, and he wondered if it’s possible the shooting was a revenge killing for the Zimmerman verdict.
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Santucci had just started his new job as a floor nurse at Methodist Hospital.
“He was already touching people’s lives … That he was such a caring person, and that he carried that over not only in his professionalism but his personal life,” said his mother Darlin Fugit to WMCTV.
Photo: screenshot of coverage – http://www.wmctv.com/story/23108035/suspects-involved-in-deadly-shooting-are-in-custody