Larnell Bruce, 19, was charging his cell phone at an outlet outside of a 7-11 in Gresham, Oregon when Russell Courtier, 38, and his girlfriend Colleen Hunt, 35, pulled up in their red Jeep Wrangler. Courtier is a notorious white supremacist and was a prison gang leader. He spent time in prison for violent crimes. He was a long-time member of a white supremacist prison gang called European Kindred (EK).
The couple lived nearby with Courtier’s parents.
The Portland Mercury reports:
Within moments, a full-on fistfight had ensued—the white Courtier and African American Bruce swinging at each other and wrestling.
“Get him, baby,” Hunt urged her boyfriend, “Get him, baby!”
Courtier went on to smash the teenager’s head into the store’s front window. The clerk inside the store called 911.
When Bruce pulled out what cops described as a machete, Courtier stopped fighting with his fists. Instead, he and Hunt got back in the Jeep—the weapon they’d use to kill the 19-year-old as he fled on foot.
The couple turned left out of the parking lot, trying to run Bruce down. They missed the first time, as the teen turned to run the other way on the sidewalk.
That’s when Courtier turned and chased Bruce “across oncoming lanes of traffic and then intentionally struck him with the front of the vehicle,” a prosecutor’s affidavit states.
When the police arrived on the scene, they found Bruce in the middle of the street with blood gushing out from his head and ears. A couple of days later, he was pronounced dead.
Courtier and Hunt admitted to intentionally hitting Bruce, according to police. A grand jury indicted them both for murder on August 18.
The Daily News reports:
Russell Courtier, it appears, has been given break after break by the justice system. In 2011, he got away with illegally shooting several rounds from his car because police performed an illegal search. The next year, he slammed a woman’s head into a windshield, but was only given probation. He had just spent two years in prison for attacking another Oregon woman with a knife, and was on parole for this crime the night he killed Larnell Bruce.
Courtier and Hunt have been arrested and charged with murder. We can only hope the prosecutor’s spouse tells him or her, “Get him, baby!” just before court.
Donald Trump just lost two votes. Larnell lost his life.
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