Terron Boone was distraught when his younger brother was found hanging from a tree in a park near Palmdale’s City Hall last week.
The manner of death of 24-year-old Robert Fuller evoked ugly images of the nation’s racist legacy of lynchings and sparked outrage when Los Angeles County coroner’s and sheriff’s officials quickly listed it as a suicide. Protests generated national attention and prompted local authorities to involve state and federal investigators.
Then on Wednesday, exactly a week after his brother’s body was found, Boone, 31, was shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in what authorities described as a wild shootout in this desert town north of Palmdale.
The shooting ended a bizarre series of events in which authorities accused Boone of pistol-whipping, imprisoning and threatening a former girlfriend over a weeklong period.
It is unclear what, if any, connection Boone’s shooting had to his brother’s death, and many questions remain.
But the back-to-back tragedies have heightened an already tense environment coming amid a national furor over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody and other racial injustices in the Antelope Valley and beyond.
“Another name. Who wants another name? Another hashtag. Terron, his brother, another name,” Isabele Flax, a 24-year-old activist from Lancaster, said at a news conference Thursday demanding justice for Fuller. “Who cares the circumstance? It doesn’t even matter what he did anymore. It doesn’t matter what they do anymore. It does not matter.”
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