Bay Area Musician Brutally Murdered By Three White Supremacists

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Authorities in the Bay Area have arrested one of three white supremacists for brutally murdering a 28-year-old black man. William Sims was found shot to death on the street in El Sobrante, Calif. at around 2:11 a.m. on Nov. 12. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Everyone is just devastated, as you can imagine. It’s such a loss and tragedy and for it to happen the way it did,” family spokesman and friend, James Harris said according to the East Bay Times. “For whatever reason, somebody or some group didn’t like him.”

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Sims, of nearby Richmond, Calif., worked at Best Buy and was described as a gifted musician. On the night of his murder, he was at the local pool hall and bar called the Capri Club, when he was beaten robbed and executed, in what police have classified as a racially motivated crime.

“He was the best human being I know,” Sims’ best friend, Brent Murphy said. “He didn’t have an evil bone in his body. He cared and helped others anytime he could.”

Four days after Sims was found, 31-year-old Daniel Porter-Kelly, also of Richmond, was apprehended and charged with murder, robbery and hate crime enhancement.

Two other men, 32-year-old Ray Simons and 31-year-old Daniel Ortega remain at large. Ortega’s mother, 54-year-old Renee Brown, was jailed on charges of being an accessory and tampering with evidence. She is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the remaining suspects are encouraged to contact the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office at 925-646-2411.

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