Oregon Man Fatally Shot Black Teen After Confrontation Over Music Volume, Police Say

Written by on November 30, 2020

A 47-year-old man in Oregon has been charged with homicide within the Nov. 23 taking pictures loss of life of a Black teenager in a lodge parking zone.

Police stated Robert Paul Keegan, who’s white, had approached the 19-year-old round 4:30 a.m. as he sat in his automotive outdoors the Stratford Inn in Ashland, Oregon. Keegan started arguing with the teenager concerning the quantity of the music he was enjoying inside his automotive.

Keegan then pulled a gun from his coat and fired a single shot into the teenager’s chest, killing him, police stated. After arriving on the scene, first responders tried to render help to the sufferer however he was “past assist,” the Ashland Police Division stated in a press release.

Police haven’t launched the identify of the slain teen, however associates and native activists have recognized him as Aidan Ellison. Keegan and Ellison didn’t know one another, police stated.

Ellison had moved into the lodge after dropping his job as a result of Almeda fireplace in September, native ABC affiliate KDRV-TV reported. The wildfire burned down the Burger King the place he had reportedly labored.

Keegan, who had been staying on the lodge with this 3-year-old son after being displaced by the wildfire, pleaded not responsible on Friday to fees of second-degree homicide, first-degree manslaughter, illegal possession of a firearm and reckless endangering, in accordance with courtroom data.

He’s being held in Jackson County Jail with out bail. His subsequent courtroom look has been scheduled for Feb. 21, 2021. 

Keegan’s son has been turned over to a grandparent, police stated.

Pals of Ellison described him as “sort” and somebody who “simply liked to chortle and have enjoyable,” KDRV-TV reported.

“He’s only a good child,” Sara Jones, Ellison’s good friend, advised the station. “He had his entire life forward of him and it was simply taken from him as a result of some man had an issue with a loud noise.”

However some group members and activists have stated the taking pictures was racially motivated and in contrast it to the 2012 homicide of Jordan Davis in Jacksonville, Florida. Davis, a 17-year-old highschool scholar, was gunned down at a fuel station by Michael David Dunn, a 45-year-old white man.

Dunn had opened fireplace on the car Davis was driving in together with three different teenage boys, killing Davis. Dunn was finally convicted of first-degree homicide, three counts of tried second-degree homicide and one depend of firing right into a car. He was sentenced to life in jail with out parole.

Ellison’s loss of life marked the primary murder in Ashland this 12 months, officers stated.

“It’s not a coincidence {that a} white man, in accordance with police, selected to take the lifetime of a younger black man for the offense of enjoying his music,” Ashland Mayor-elect Julie Akins stated in a press release Saturday.

“Aidan by all accounts was merely being, dwelling his life,” she continued. “Now his life is gone. And with it comes yet one more reminder of how lethal white privilege is.”

In a press release launched on Thanksgiving, Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara stated the “horrendous homicide” was “100%” a results of the suspect’s actions.

“It’s fully immaterial what led as much as it,” O’Meara stated. “Sure, there was an argument over music, no, this didn’t occur due to loud music, it occurred as a result of the suspect selected to deliver a gun with him and selected to make use of it, 100% on him, not the poor younger man that was murdered.”


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