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Except for the killings and the robberies and other episodes of black mob violence, the press and business owners of Memphis want us to know their downtown is safe.
But David Santucci is dead, the latest victim of black mob violence there.
The 27-year old Santucci had only recently began his career as a nurse. He liked music and concerts and the Memphis Grizzlies. He also liked his home town, though he knew it could be dangerous.
“Funny story,” he wrote in his Facebook page two years ago. “Just got robbed at gun point in driveway…haha cant beat living in Memphis.”
Santucci was not so lucky with his second robbery. He had just left a birthday party 1 a.m. Monday morning at a downtown bar near Martin Luther King Boulevard. Three blocks away from the Beale Street entertainment district.
A car of three black people drove by, screeched to a halt, then backed up. A man got out and shot Santucci in the heart. He died soon after, surrounded by a spontaneous prayer circle of restaurant workers and friends who came running at the sound of the gunshot.
Santucci was found with his car keys and phone in his hands. So there is some question whether robbery was a motive.
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“If they wanted something, he would have given it,” said his mother to Local News 24. “He would have given them the shirt off his back.”
Police tracked the three alleged killers to a nearby public housing project, where they were taken into custody 15 minutes after the shooting. Two were charged with first degree murder, and the third with being an accessory. Police say the trio has made statements implicating themselves in the murder.
The murder was the second episode of black mob violence within two blocks and two days.
Early Saturday morning, four black people assaulted and robbed at gun point a server from a nearby restaurant after she finished her shift. Emily Anderson said she is glad to be alive: “I’m just upset about it honestly and it kept me up all night worried,” she told a reporter at LocalMemphis.com. “It happened all so fast. I wasn’t really concerned about anything else but my life honestly.”
A second report:
The four suspects were arrested soon after, also in the same nearby public housing project.
Despite the best efforts of local media and business promoters to avoid talking about it, downtown Memphis -- centered around the Beale Street entertainment district -- has been the site of frequent and explosive black mob violence over the last two years.
The local paper, the Commercial Appeal, sums up the action from October 2011:
One week after six people were shot outside a Beale Street nightclub, police again responded to violence and unrest in the city's entertainment district early Sunday morning.
Authorities said ten people were arrested after "several large fights" on Beale Street that injured security personnel at a nightclub and three police officers.
Cops and security guards were punched, head-butted and bitten. Police used pepper spray. Everyone arrested was black. A poster to the news story by the name of Memphis police adds a behind the scenes look:
What the story doesn't tell you is that this is pretty much par for the course. Look at the number of folks arrested between midnight and 5 a.m. on any given weekend during the warm months. Pay particular attention to the number of patrons arrested at 152 Beale. It's mind boggling how a place like that can avoid being declared a public nuisance.
Added another reader:
Stories like this (and last week) are becoming far more common. Perception that the street is home to a large contingent of thugs is becoming more and more legitimate. These may well be isolated incidents, but there seem to be a lot more "isolated incidents" the last few years than I ever remember.
That was two years ago. Since then, the downtown has seen a steady diet of violence, stampedes, a bash rob and at least one night a local TV station called a "night of chaos." There was also a fatal shooting and stampede on Christmas Eve.
Even before reporting on the details of the Santucci murder, the local news outlet WCMT wanted people to know that downtown is safe. Very safe. And that this event was a "rare crime."
The head of the local merchant's association pitched in:
"I was encouraged that it happened so quickly, the apprehension of the bad guys," said Downtown Memphis Association President Sharon Leicham to WMCTV news.
Leicham also feels better knowing that the crime did not happen when a lot of people were out.
"I've never, not one day, felt unsafe down here," she added. "We have more police officers per capita than any other precinct in town."
Said another local proprietor after an earlier and "rare" civil disturbance: "We've got to make sure we don't sent the wrong perception to tourists and our local people of what is going on down on Beale Street."
All the happy talk about the safety of Beale street was a bit more than one relative of David Santucci could stand:
"I am a direct relative of the victim," said Claire Santucci to the local Fox outlet. "We moved out of Memphis some time ago due to the crime and violence. We prayed for the rest of the family to follow, some did. David didn't. My wedding night was celebrated at Beale Street, where one of my guests was mugged and beaten and left for dead.
It totally ruined my wedding night. Another time that we brought a group of people from overseas to visit downtown my car was burglarized and vandalized. I remember the day I went to a baseball game and walked towards Beale but the street was closed because of a full blown street fight.
My husband could barely walk with his family downtown without being followed by thugs or jumped by homeless.
DO NOT try to school me or my family about the reality of downtown Memphis, you make your living there and want the money to keep coming back there. I understand, but do not mislead the public opinion with distorted arguments, and please...walk by yourself downtown at night more often...I hope you never have to deal with what we are dealing in my family. But if you do, i won't post anything to profit myself and keep everybody mislead and unsafe.”
Other readers saved the scorn for the daily paper, the Commercial Appeal:
These ignorant animals saw some guy walking alone and thought they would murder him and roll away with some screaming chump change and no one would catch them. Fools.
They are not rare and they are the vermin of this city. Vermin run when a light is shined on them. It's a shame the Commercial Appeal is too scared to do so.
This paper, it's editors, and it's spokeswoman of things racial want to pretend Memphis isn't plagued with illiterate savages like these three.
Best to worry about fools playing dress up in the park with the homeless and how a dress code in a bar equals Trayvon Martin.
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