An Arizona man reportedly told police he fatally stabbed a teenager because the boy's rap music made him feel 'unsafe'

Business Insider | 7/9/2019 | Kelly McLaughlin, INSIDER
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Michael Paul Adams was arrested and charged with killing a 17-year-old boy at a Circle K in Peoria, Arizona on Thursday.

Multiple news outlets and social media posts named the victim as Elijah Al-Amin from Glendale, Arizona.

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Adams told police that Elijah did not provoke the attack, and that he killed the teen because he was listening to rap music and he wanted to be "proactive rather than reactive."

People on social media have called on the Department of Justice to investigate Elijah's death as a hate crime.

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An Arizona man charged with killing a 17-year-old boy in Arizona reportedly told police he stabbed the teen because his rap music made him feel "unsafe."

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Michael Paul Adams, 27, admitted to police that he stabbed a 17-year-old boy at a Circle K in Peoria, Arizona, early Thursday morning, according to AZ Central.

Witnesses told police that Adams walked up behind the teen, grabbed him and stabbed him in the neck, according to a probably cause statement seen by AZFamily.com.

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Multiple news outlets and social media posts named the victim as Elijah Al-Amin from Glendale.

Adams told police that Elijah did not provoke the attack.

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According to court documents obtained by AZ Central, Adams told police that Elijah did not provoke the attack, and that he killed the teen because he was listening to rap music and he wanted to be "proactive rather than reactive."

He reportedly told police that rap music makes him feel "unsafe" because he had been attacked by people who listen to rap music in the past.

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"Adams stated rap music makes him feel unsafe, because in the past he has been attacked by people (Blacks, Hispanics, and Native American) who listen to rap music. Adams further stated, people who listen to rap music are a threat to...
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