Fatal Beating in St. Louis Was Result of “Knockout Game”

Marlon A. Walker and Doug Moore, STL Today (St. Louis), April 21, 2011

A man beaten to death this weekend on the city’s south side was reportedly the victim of a game involving “unprovoked attacks on innocent bystanders.”

The alderman representing the Dutchtown West neighborhood where Hoang D. Nguyen, 72, was fatally beaten said police have said the attackers were part of a group targeting people across the city.

On Wednesday, Elex Levell Murphy, 18, of the 5400 block of Geraldine Avenue, was charged with one count each of first-degree murder and first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action in the attack on Nguyen and his wife, Yen, according to court records. A judge has ordered him held without bail.

Murphy and three other people approached the Nguyens in an alley at the 3800 block of Spring Avenue at 10:45 a.m. Saturday as the couple headed home from a nearby Vietnamese market, according to court records.

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Yen Nguyen told authorities that Murphy walked up to her husband, grabbed his jacket and punched him in the head, causing him to fall to the ground, court records say. Murphy then punched Yen Nguyen in the eye, causing severe bruises and an eye socket fracture. A second man kicked Hoang Nguyen in the abdomen, injuring his ribs.

Hoang Nguyen died later Saturday of his injuries at St. Louis University Hospital.

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Police said they were still looking for the three others, a man and two women in their teens or 20s, in the attack.

Murphy was taken into custody Tuesday. In an interview, he made a statement placing himself at the scene, court records say. He also told authorities that the attack was part of what he called the “knockout game,” which targets innocent people.

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But Alderman Jennifer Florida, whose ward includes the area where the Nguyens were attacked, said she has been told the couple were victims of a group that has targeted others.

“I have learned in the last few days that there is a group of kids that randomly pick victims and prey on the vulnerable, and this is happening all over the city,” Florida said, declining to reveal her source, only to say it was someone familiar with the investigation.

She said police told her they don’t believe the attack is a hate crime. Until all the attackers are in custody and have been questioned, she said such a motive should not be ruled out.

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News that their family member’s death was possibly part of a game is even more difficult to comprehend.

“People are walking down the street, minding their own business. Good people,” Billy Nguyen said. “What kind of game is it where people go around and hit random people?”

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  • Question Diversity

    The only named suspect in this article has a home address on the north side of the city. I think that will also be the case for the other ones they catch, if they ever catch up with them. Therefore, he and his gang weren’t just jerking around their own neighborhood, they deliberately went clear across the city looking for people to assault.

    Jennifer Florida is right — We should get all the facts before we don’t assess this as “not a hate crime.” (Hint: The police department that told her they didn’t believe the attack was a hate crime has a black Chief.) But this is the same Jennifer Florida that voted for reparations for slavery several years ago, in one of those useless resolutions.

  • Anonymous

    Blacks love Asians as victims because they are generally smaller than Whites. Black youth love the elderly because they are fragile.

    The Victims Compensation Boards also like elderly victims of crime because the medical costs are borne by Medicare, not the state compensation funds.

  • Secular_Realist_Jew

    If there were a “game” where Whites, Asians, Hispanics or any other race punched blacks and knocked them out, you can bet that Je$$e Jack$on and Al $harpton would be calling for mass protests, candlelight vigils and numerous meetings at the city, county and state levels. Only in America do blacks get away with this sort of thing.

  • generalguagmyer

    “She said police told her they don’t believe the attack is a hate crime.”

    I re-post that as a quote, without further comment, to illustrate that this country has completely lost its mind.

  • Ronin

    If there were a “game” where Whites, Asians, Hispanics or any other race punched blacks and knocked them out, you can bet that armed Federal agents backed up by the 101st Airborne Division would be deployed to protect the innocent, harmless blacks, hunt down and arrest the evil racist white devils for hate crimes, lock them in a cell and throw away the cell.

  • Tony

    What cowardly pieces of garbage these animals are that prey on the elderly. This is a premeditated crime where someone died during the commission of a felony. We’re talking death penalty here. Missouri has a death penalty. Let’s see what happens.

  • Anonymous

    “If there were a “game” where Whites, Asians, Hispanics or any other race punched blacks and knocked them out, you can bet that Je$$e Jack$on and Al $harpton would be calling for mass protests”

    They may come to town anyway demanding america support the accused.

  • Anonymous

    The charge is first degree murder. First degree murder is when someone intentionally sets out to kill another person. The claim that this was a game of “slap happy” that got out of hand is a lie. One the CA isn’t buying.

    They will be facing the death penalty.

  • Martin L. Kuhn Jr.

    I read an article today at Occidental Observer entitled, “The Black Man’s Guilt”, that explains perfectly why many Blacks are devolving rapidly since Jim Crow’s foot was lifted from their necks. They are returning to their normality, and their normality is what Westerners first observed in pre-colonial Africa.

    If we were to send the thugs who beat Mr. Nguyens to death and all of the de-Westernized thugs like them to their own state we would be able to buy slaves and human meat from them within ten years.

  • Anonymous

    More examples of the common type of behavior by barry’s and eric holder’s people.

  • Anonymous

    It’s Bush’s fault.

  • Anonymous

    Does this mean, as a game, that it cannot be a hate crime? Just a game infers kids making a mistake of immaturity. Odd how we know of many ghetto traits like: “don’t snitch”, gold capped teeth, bling, 21″ rims, rap music, sexual misconduct, lack of patriotism, little respect for education, but we have never heard of the “knock-out game.” Phooey, it is a lawyers attempt to confusion the issue. This is not a game but kids playing, this is assault and battery with a racial motive.

  • Sardonicus

    Intterested readers should read the book “Chinese Girl in the Ghetto” by Ying Ma. Her experiences with blacks and Hispanicswere not pleasant. Even if whites were to vanish like magic from America, East Asians will have problems with “racism and the legacy of slavery.”

  • Bernie

    Even if there were not a single Asian, Arab or Hispanic person in the U.S., we would still have most of our racial problems because of blacks.

    Yes, we should oppose immigration, but let’s not pretend that is our biggest problem.

    The behavior of blacks has bedeviled us from the start and no U.S. political, religious, business or academic leader has come up with a solution to what Lincoln called “a troublesome presence.”

    Perhaps the future Americans (mostly non-white) will come up with a rather different solution to the eternal problem of black behavior.

  • Mark Randolph

    Welcome to Thunderdome America!! I used to cook near a truckstop last year and I got to know some of the truckers. I noticed that alot of truckers have dogs with them to travel out west. Shephards,Rotties,Dobermans,etc. I asked one of the guys why they have these big dogs with them. He asked me if I have ever been to a big city and I said no. He told me that most big cities are turning into a Road Warrior film. St. Louis was one of them. One black trucker told me he refused to drive to southern California alone or without some kind of weapon to protect himself. I don’t mean just few truckers with big dogs,I am talking about 90 or more that I have seen with my own eyes. This is absurd,these guys can’t drive to a big city without a trained guard dog. One trucker showed me a war club he made at a hardware store. He bought a wooden club about 4 ft. long and put 10 hose clamps on the end. The clamps were about a half inch apart. That’s how to survive America in this day & age. Big dogs and war clubs.

  • Anonymous

    If this “game” of thiers were played out 1000 times without interference 1000 out of 1000 times the race of the victim would be different from their own. Sure, they love to kill each other when drug deals go bad, but in these instances of violence just for the fun of it, it will always be a different race. Yet this will never, ever be considered a hate crime. A crime where a youngster kills a defenseless elderly person should be a hate crime as it is. It just shows how big of a one-sided joke hate crime legislation is. How much blood will be on Holders’s racist hands before it’s all over?

  • elitist

    Until I reached my 40s, if my best friend in the world had told me that he thought blacks had a different psychology from whites, were less intelligent, or more prone to violence, I would have refused to speak to him ever again.

    I was the ultimate incarnation of the fanatical, liberal left “antiracist” the readership of AMREN like to ridicule.

    What changed my mind?

    The consistently unspeakable degenerate and grotesque behavior of not all but a shocking number of US blacks.

    The vast majority of the US black community has thrown away every opportunity it has been offered to better itself, & instead plunged into a downward spiral of violence, dysfunction, chaos, and insanity.

    All of the policies pertaining to the black minority over the past 3/4 of a century have been mistaken, because all of them assume that blacks were identical to whites psychologically.

    They are not. They are profoundly different from us.

    ALL!!!! White people (including liberals, no matter what they may say) are absolutely terrified of blacks for the same reasons:

    they tend to be aggressive, have a propensity for violence, are low in intelligence, are seemingly incapable of rational thought, and are consumed with a burning hatred for white people that is capable of justifying any act, no matter how horrific.

    In retrospect, the failed effort to integrate blacks as equals into white society has been one of the most expensive disasters in human history.

    We need to start all over again from scratch with the simple questions:

    how are blacks and whites different physically, physiologically, in terms of blood chemistry, psychology, cognitive functioning, etc.??

  • Anonymous

    Read the Book “China Boy” by Gus lee. He was born in San Francisco around 1950. By the time he was ready for elementary school his neighborhood school had been occupied by young blacks.

    He had a horrible time, the same sort of horror story all civilized children forced into school with blacks have.

    His sisters were older. Because of school districting, their Junior High was virtually black free, so they had a wonderful time with many school activities and friends.

    And then came school busing and the blacks destroyed every public school in San Francisco.

    The book begins with first grade recess. A tiny group of Chinese children cluster fearfully around a teacher on playground duty. Black predators lurk around hoping a Chinese child will stray from safety and be vulnerable to a beating.

  • Anonymous

    Despite the thousands and thousands of Asian store keepers daily menaced by blacks, the Asian and pacific Islander leadership are fervent Democrats allied with the blacks, hispanics and liberals

    bent on exterminating Whites from this country.

    Have you seen the political ad by a Jewish candidate named Adler?

    He is with a Korean woman her dry cleaning store is in the background. There are several non White people in the group. Adler the Jew is the only White. They yap a bit about bagels with kimchee and then the Korean woman says “we minorities must stick together”

    Against who? Subtext against the evil White goyim.

    BTW, in addition to boycotting all restaurants and other businesses that don’t hire Whites, I never, never use dry cleaners because they are all owned by non-White immigrants.

  • John Engelman

    17 — elitist wrote at 1:23 PM on May 13:

    how are blacks and whites different physically, physiologically, in terms of blood chemistry, psychology, cognitive functioning, etc.??

    ——

    J. Philippe Rushton explains how.

    http://www.charlesdarwinresearch.org/Race_Evolution_Behavior.pdf

    Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending explain why.

    http://www.amren.com/ar/2009/05/index.html

  • AvgDude

    The crime of groups of cowardly blacks brutally attacking non-blacks is happening literally in every city across the country with a population of blacks beyond 5%. It happened in Des Moines, IA last Summer in several incidences across the town. One incident involved a star black basketball player leading a gang of his friends to beat down some small white kid. Four months later, the black kid is playing basketball on his HS team as if nothing happened. In August, there were gangs of young blacks roving around the Iowa State Fair beating up random white people while shouting “It’s beat whitey night!”. The police spokeswoman who mentioned this to the press was re-assigned to traffic duty the next day and the lesbian police chief and the Des Moines Register with its all gay and lesbian editorial staff spent the entire next week claiming that there was not racial component to the “fights” and not a single assailant was prosecuted. This was after one white man at the fair got a fractured skull, a broken jaw, and broken facial bones from repeated kicks to the head by a gang of young blacks in this “non-racial” incident.

    This epidemic of black on non-black cowardly hate crimes is being consciously and willfully covered up by the Democratic party and the pack of deranged communist, gays, and lesbians who run that party. These people are insane and will bring ruin to this country one day if they are not dealt with.

  • Michael C. Scott

    The only problem I had with a black guy during three years locked up with them was one playing the “knockout” game in the shower with me. I ducked just enough to allow his right fist to impact my thick, Scottish forehead. He broke every bone in that hand – I could both feel and hear the crunch, and his hand was swollen to the size of a football 24 hours later. He needed surgery to save it. For us Celts, you need a baseball bat or a rifle bullet if you’re going to hit us in the head. I didn’t go down or even stagger. After he was in infirmary, the other blacks in the unit came by to shake my hand for not ratting on him.

    Those bullies are overrated. No wonder they pick on 72 year-old Vietnamese.

  • Anonynous

    Poster 19 is right. Even though we’ve been told for years that asians and hispanics are “natural Republicans” by fools like the late, ungreat Jack Kemp it hasn’t worked out that way. As if anyone here would ever have believed it. Get ready for the GOP to start pandering big-time to hispanics. Newt started already. Election 2012 is upon us!