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Tulsa Shooters Face Hate Crime Charges For Killing Spree; Community Members Calling for Death Penalty

The men who went on a shooting spree in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s black community will face hate crime and 1st degree murder charges.

As we reported to you earlier this week, Alvin Watts, 33, and Jake England, 19, were arrested early Sunday morning after going on a murderous rampage in a black section of the city, shooting five people, killing three of them.

It has been speculated that one of the men sought vengeance for his father’s death with the shootings.

From NewsOne:

“All the victims were black, and police have said one motive might have been England’s desire to avenge his father’s fatal shooting by a black man two years ago.

Police say the men appear to have chosen their victims at random.”

According to the Huffington Post, a first conviction on hate crime charges carries “only up to a year in jail” in Oklahoma.

Many community members are calling for prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Watts and England.

From Huffington Post:

“”I think they should go for murder. As many people’s lives they involved by what they did in this thing, they should go for murder,” said Deatrah Fields, whose aunt Dannaer Fields was killed. She added, “They can go ahead and seek the death penalty, too.”

Read more at HuffingtonPost.com

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