Interesting post on Wimes’ February victim by Mista Jay, a Nigerian-based blogger:
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Whose gun killed him?
Who’s the real killer? Antoine Wimes or Sani Abacha
Imagine being an academic and educator possesing two masters degrees. Imagine being a useful and productive member of society. Imagine having to leave that society in search of greener pastures because said society doesn’t reward true productivity.
Imagine arriving in a strange land where your skin color is already a liability and your foreign accent compunds matters by further separating you from your own kind. Imagine now having to take on part-time menial jobs to survive and care for your wife who is sufffering from kidney related problems.
Now imagine all of this ending in a burst of gunfire because some punk kid decides that your life is the obstacle to him getting a $5 tshirt! WTH?
This is the sad story of Etus Obi Onyemaechi, a 48year old Nigerian living in the US. . .
Here is the latest on Wimes, from WSB:
Neely’s son was badly beaten during the robbery.
Investigators said Wimes and McCoy may have swung the 1-year-old like a baseball bat. “It appears as though he was struck with either a very hard object or — as hard as it sounds — he was…his body was actually struck against a hard object,” said Jones. Wimes was out on bond after being charged in the July 2008 killing of a convenience store clerk.
Here is the original WSB report on the July 2008 murder of Onyemaechi. Apparently Wimes tried to kill more than one person but ran out of bullets:
Atlanta Store Clerk Gunned Down Over $5 T-Shirt
Gunman Wanted White T-Shirt Size 5X
ATLANTA — Atlanta police said a convenience store clerk was shot and killed Sunday morning by a man not demanding money, but an extra large T-shirt. . . Elliott Glass, an eyewitness, said he was mopping the floor inside the convenience store when a young man entered and told the clerk he wanted a white T-shirt size 5X.
“These guys wear those baggy pants, and big long T-shirts,” said Glass.
Glass said when the clerk turned to give the young man the shirt, the man started shooting, then calmly walked out of the store.
“He shot him like five times, four or five times, at point-blank range for no apparent reason,” said Glass.
The store clerk is identified as Obi E. Onyemaechi, 48, of College Park, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“I was afraid he was going to shoot me, but I guess he must have run out of bullets because he was steadily clicking the gun as he walked out the door,” said Glass.
Glass said he called 911, but claimed the operator put him on hold, so he ran out onto Cascade and flagged down the first police officer he saw.
That’s just great. The operator puts him on hold. Glass continues, heart-breakingly:
“The guy was my friend you know. He was a good guy. He helped everybody around here. Senseless killing, he killed the man for no reason, you know,” said Glass.
Now we learn Onyemaechi was an educator with two master’s degrees, supporting an ailing wife. He travels half-way around the world to support his family and some kid kills him for a five-dollar t-shirt.
Does anybody know the name of the judge who let him bond out?
I would add, to Mista Jay, that he can add another picture next to those of Antoine Wimes and Sani Abacha:
It’s the Fulton County Superior Court (Atlanta, Georgia)