White Arizona man, 27, stabbed and killed a 17-year-old black teen because he was playing rap music

Mail Online | 7/8/2019 | Sophie Wingate For Dailymail.com
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A 17-year-old boy has been stabbed to death in Peoria, Arizona, by a man who told police he did it because the teen's rap music made him feel 'unsafe'.

Michael Paul Adams, 27, was charged with the first-degree premeditated murder of Elijah Al-Amin, whose throat was slit at around 1.42am on July 4 at a Circle K convenience store.

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Adams, a white man, lunged at the black teen from behind as he stood by a soda machine. He stabbed him in the back with a pocketknife and slit his throat.

Al-Amin ran out of the store before collapsing underneath the gas pump canopy, where police began CPR.


He was taken to hospital, but died at 2.05am, authorities said.

Adams was arrested on 67th Avenue near the Circle K, where he told an officer he was 'involved' in the heinous stabbing after being found with blood on his body and clothes.

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He told police he stabbed the boy because he heard him listening to rap music in his car in the parking lot before entering the store.

According to court documents, Adams yelled at detectives that the teen 'did not do anything to threaten him', but that he did feel threatened by the music.

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He needed to be 'proactive rather than reactive, ,because he had been attacked before by people who listened to the genre, police records said.

Adams was charged with first-degree murder and is being held at Fourth Avenue Jail in lieu of $1 million bond. He is expected to appear in court July 15.

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He had just been released from the Arizona State Prison Complex in Yuma two days before, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections.

He had previously faced numerous charges, including aggravated assault of a correctional officer, shoplifting, assault with a weapon and marijuana violation, according to Maricopa County...
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