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Another Senseless Murder You’re Not Hearing About — and Some in the Family Wonder If It Could Be a Trayvon Martin Revenge Murder

Posted by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:04 AM
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A young white male was walking to his car on a city street late at night on August 12 when he was confronted by a trio of black individuals. They shot him dead. Police have arrested three people and charged them with first degree murder. But some in the victim’s family can’t understand why the shooting is being called a failed robbery when they say the evidence suggests something possibly more sinister: a hate crime.

David Santucci, 27, had just started his new job as a nurse. According to his family, “he was an awesome guy…he wanted to be a missionary…he wanted to help people.”

The murder happened in Memphis, TN less than two weeks ago. Santucci was killed by a single 9mm shot through his heart. To its credit, the Memphis police department apprehended the suspects in less than fifteen minutes. Various reports say that all three suspects made statements that implicated them in Santucci’s murder. And they’re calling it a robbery gone wrong.

Miguel De Diago is one family member who doubts this killing was a failed robbery. He’s the the brother-in-law of David Santucci and told TheBlaze some stuff just doesn’t add up.

The first and foremost question in De Diago’s mind: If this was a robbery, why did his brother-in-law still have his wallet, car keys, and cell phone? Nothing was taken from him. And witnesses confirm that.

Murder suspects

Since the killing, Miguel has worked tirelessly to track down the good Samaritans who rushed to the aid of his brother-in-law as he lay bleeding on the sidewalk. He managed to track down the first three to get to David’s side, Taneshia,  Sharae and Brittany. Arriving first on the scene, Sharae tried to apply pressure to the wound in order to stop the bleeding. Brittany searched through David’s phone and tried to call a family member, and Taneshia held David Santucci’s hand and led them all in prayer.

In addition to the fact that Santucci was still in possession of his phone and wallet, Miguel says witnesses told police that the car drove past David, stopped and backed up. One of the suspects (Mario Patterson) got out of the car and walked toward Santucci, fired a shot and ran back to the car, jumping into the driver’s seat and speeding off.  Miguel also says the police told him that the 9mm shell casing was found 10 feet from the body — an indication to him that the shooter was not at close range as would typically happen with a robbery.

Miguel told TheBlaze that he tracked the alleged shooter, Patterson through his Facebook account — an account now deleted.  He said the page had numerous photos of Trayvon Martin, and he wondered if it’s possible the shooting was a revenge killing for the Zimmerman verdict.

So why call it a robbery? Miguel wonders if the killing is being labeled as such because of the neighborhood’s proximity to Beale Street, the biggest tourist attraction in downtown Memphis. (Elvis Presley’s family home of Graceland is a bit outside of town.) If Beale Street becomes riddled with crime and killings with no explanation, Memphis tourism could suffer considerably.

Still, despite the questions, David’s mother, Darlin Fugit is a woman of powerful faith. She has already forgiven her son’s accused killers — and she’s also certain that her son would have forgiven them too. Fugit told one TV crew, “And if the whole purpose of David dying…and the way he died – for the purpose of people coming to know Jesus, if that’s the purpose, I can understand.”

TheBlaze has reached out the investigating officers handling this case for the Memphis Police Department for comments on their classification of the killing as a “robbery.” When they reply, we will update the story.

The murder comes on the heels of another senseless murder. College student Chris Lane was gunned down in Oklahoma recently and those charged in the shooting are said to have done it just for fun.

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by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:04 AM
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teri4lance
by Silver Member on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:05 AM
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Wheres the national outrage?
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pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:10 AM
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Wow.....again no outrage by a certain 'some.'

lga1965
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:10 AM
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 HAte crimes that have no explanation happen all the time so why try to involve the Trayvon Martin murder in this? Just yesterday there was a post about three white kids who killed a guy from Australia. I have seen many posts here about teens killing because they wanted to know what it felt like to killl. That one example at the end of the article describes a killing such as that.

Lets leave the Trayvon-George episode in the past OK?It is over and done with.

Aslen
by Silver Member on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:13 AM
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Racists can't let it go though. Their white boy got away with murder, and Trayvon Martin was just anoth thug N black kid who deserved to die. So sayeth the teabaggers, and we ALL know how right they are!!


Quoting lga1965:

 HAte crimes that have no explanation happen all the time so why try to involve the Trayvon Martin murder in this? Just yesterday there was a post about three white kids who killed a guy from Australia. I have seen many posts here about teens killing because they wanted to know what it felt like to killl. That one example at the end of the article describes a killing such as that.

Lets leave the Trayvon-George episode in the past OK?It is over and done with.



pixie-buttercup
by Member on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:14 AM
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Right?? I'm still waiting for Al Sharpton to comment on this.....maybe I shouldn't hold my breath? 

Quoting teri4lance:

Wheres the national outrage?


IandLoveandYou
by Bronze Member on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:15 AM
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This is so sad :(.

I still don't get how some people don't understand that not EVERY murder case is going to be thrown into the media.

Some cases get sensationalized, and some don't. Obviously connotations with race and youth have an affect of that, it's not right but it is true.

Posting every piece of black on white crime is not going to stop that, it's just going to further the gap.

In my opinion.. Murders.. Be it one person shooting and killing anther, or a mass shooting.. These crimes should not be thrown into the media the way the are.
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Mommabearbergh
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:15 AM
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I doubt its a " revenge" killing. Also its like every time a black person kills someone people are going where's the outrage. When its black on black crime we think the same damn thing not everything is going to have outrage and national news. For anyone who actually followed the gz case the outrage came well after tm was in the ground and his death wasn't properly investigated. That's why there was outrage in the first place.
lga1965
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:15 AM

 yup...

Quoting Aslen:

Racists can't let it go though. Their white boy got away with murder, and Trayvon Martin was just anoth thug N black kid who deserved to die. So sayeth the teabaggers, and we ALL know how right they are!!

 

Quoting lga1965:

 HAte crimes that have no explanation happen all the time so why try to involve the Trayvon Martin murder in this? Just yesterday there was a post about three white kids who killed a guy from Australia. I have seen many posts here about teens killing because they wanted to know what it felt like to killl. That one example at the end of the article describes a killing such as that.

Lets leave the Trayvon-George episode in the past OK?It is over and done with.

 

 

 

Mommabearbergh
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:17 AM
Why would he?also most of the time he is involved in things he has the families involvement doesn't seem like this lady wants it

Quoting pixie-buttercup:

Right?? I'm still waiting for Al Sharpton to comment on this.....maybe I shouldn't hold my breath? 

Quoting teri4lance:

Wheres the national outrage?


SuperChicken
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 7:19 AM
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Another kid from Australia has been killed, in addition to Christopher Lane?  No wonder they are advising no one travel here :(

Crimes with no explanation do happen all the time, but it doesn't mean the family isn't going to search for a reason.    Now there are two crimes with people driving by, randomly picking a victim, and shooting them for just walking by.   Christopher Lane and now this man.     That's rather unusual (or at least I hope it is).   No wonder the family is searching for answers, even if you don't like what they are coming up with.


Quoting lga1965:

 HAte crimes that have no explanation happen all the time so why try to involve the Trayvon Martin murder in this? Just yesterday there was a post about three white kids who killed a guy from Australia. I have seen many posts here about teens killing because they wanted to know what it felt like to killl. That one example at the end of the article describes a killing such as that.

Lets leave the Trayvon-George episode in the past OK?It is over and done with.


 

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