A search for answers after deputies kill brother of Black man found hanging from tree

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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.”

Friends of Boone said they could not reconcile the man they knew — a fun-loving “fashion junkie” who uplifted people with his hip-hop music — with the violent crimes he was charged with committing and the way he died.

Some friends say that he was greatly disturbed by his brother’s death.

Tony Storey, who said he’d been friends with Boone since they were both around 16 in Palmdale, said he reached out to Boone after hearing about Fuller’s death and never heard back. He later noticed Boone had unfollowed him and nearly all his friends on Instagram and set his account to private, which was uncharacteristic for him.

“That situation just pulled him back into the mud. That just pulled him back to feeling like, ‘Damn. I don’t have nobody no more.’ … He was probably in the mind frame of, ‘F everybody,’” said Storey, 32.

“He went silent about two weeks ago, and I believe it was because he was in extreme pain,” added another friend, Nyki Walker, 29.

Authorities said the investigation involving Boone began Monday after a report that he held the former girlfriend, with whom he had an on-and-off relationship, at her home against her will. Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Westphal said he had no information about Boone’s motivations and that “so far this is a standalone incident.”

Court records show that Boone was charged Tuesday with multiple criminal counts, including six counts of making criminal threats, four counts of abusing a cohabitant, two counts of false imprisonment and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. The alleged offenses took place over a seven-day period. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

The next day, Westphal said, undercover detectives trailed Boone in a blue SUV to an apartment complex in Rosamond, about 20 miles north of Palmdale in Kern County.

Detectives attempted a traffic stop, and the SUV stopped in the parking lot of the complex. Boone exited the car’s passenger side and began shooting, firing at least five shots toward the detectives, and striking the police vehicle’s hood and roof, Westphal said. Three detectives and a supervisor returned fire and shot him multiple times in the chest, killing him.

The woman driving the car, who also dated Boone, was shot once in the chest and taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released Wednesday night. Her 7-year-old daughter was in the back seat but was not injured in the gunfire, Westphal said.

Detectives recovered a semiautomatic handgun at the scene.

Surveillance video posted by the Rosamond Community Watchdog, a local news platform, showed multiple vehicles trailing a dark SUV into a housing complex parking lot. Voices repeatedly shouted, “Hands up!” before gunfire erupted.

None of the detectives or their vehicles were equipped with cameras, but investigators are trying to recover footage from Ring cameras and other home video systems in the area, Westphal said.

News of the shooting reverberated through the community, stirring emotions.

In the parking lot where he was killed, Boone’s friends arranged dozens of candles in the shape of the initials “T.J.” next to a bouquet of flowers. The woman who was driving the car with Boone sat on steps nearby and wept. A resident of the complex expressed frustration that a bullet pierced her kitchen window and could have struck her 12-year-old daughter.

“She could have easily been standing at that window at that moment making icees,” Joyce Chaney, 40, said. “Regardless of why they had to open fire or return fire, they should have taken into consideration being right here and facing the complex.”

Meanwhile, dozens of community members and activists gathered outside the office of L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger in Lancaster to demand, among other things, the creation of a database of sheriff’s deputies accused of harassing, intimidating and racially profiling Antelope Valley residents. Online, members of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission asked for information about the deaths of both Fuller and Boone.

“How was this ruled a suicide, seemingly so quickly, when it looks like a lynching?” Commissioner Priscilla Ocen asked at the panel’s virtual meeting of Fuller’s death.

Walker said she used to date Boone and had remained friends with him. She said he was a caring father who was pursuing his path as an artist, having recorded singles and music videos under the name TJ Goon.

“Terron was the sweetest guy I’ve ever dated, and he meant a lot to our community. A true soldier, a true friend and angel,” she said.

Walker said Boone had been close to his brother and had been upset about his death. Both men had previously lost their mother in 2004.

Another ex-girlfriend, Elonda Holman, 27, said she and Boone co-parented their 9-year-old daughter, Nia, even though they were no longer partners. Boone sometimes worked in warehouses, Holman said. She said he recently had plans to move to Las Vegas, where she and their daughter live.

“Anyone who knows Terron knows his energy was so magnetic. His voice was really appealing,” she said. “His daughter is taking after him. They are natural performers.”

Holman said she waited to reach out to Boone after his brother’s death, wanting to give him space to grieve, a decision she now regrets.

“He lost his mom when he was about 16, so I knew him losing his brother would be really hard on him.”

Records show Boone had two separate terms in state prison. He served about a year in custody on a burglary conviction. Starting in 2015, he spent two years in prison after being convicted of robbery, corporal punishment on a child and obtaining or retaining aid unlawfully. In 2012, a woman who had an infant son with Boone successfully obtained a restraining order against him, citing domestic violence.

James Cooper, a 52-year-old resident of Rosamond Garden Apartments, which is connected to the parking lot where Boone was shot, said Boone had been his friend.

The two met about eight years ago in Lancaster, where he said Boone would spend time with a girlfriend who lived across the street from Cooper. They would sometimes smoke or get beers together.

Cooper was working on fixing a moped in the parking lot Wednesday when he heard a series of gunshots. At the time, he said, the lot was filled with children playing.

“There was nothing but children here,” he said. “You saw children running out.”

He’s not sure what to make of the fact that Boone’s death followed shortly after that of his half brother.

“It is so weird,” he said. “Everyone’s got conspiracies now. I don’t know how that plays out.”

8 thoughts on “A search for answers after deputies kill brother of Black man found hanging from tree

  1. ONE DEATH IS A TRAGEDY, A THOUSAND A STATISTIC!
    Here are a few statistics:
    BLACK SMOKESCREEN:
    BLACK LIVES SPLATTERED

    WHY DON’T BLACKS PROTEST WHEN BLACKS SLAUGHTER OTHER BLACKS?

    Imagine Soldier Field beyond capacity, brimming with 63,879 young African-American men, ages 18 to 24 — more than U.S. losses in the entire Vietnam conflict. Imagine the University of Michigan’s football stadium — the largest in the U.S. — filled to its limit of 109,901 with black men, age 25 and older. Now add 28,223 more — together totaling more than U.S. deaths in World War I.

    Picture two UIC Pavilions packed with 12,658 Trayvon Martins — black boys, ages 14 to 17 — nearly twice the number of U.S. lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now picture all of them dead. The national tally of black males 14 and older murdered in America from 1976 through 2005, according to U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics: 214,661. The numbers tell only part of the story of this largely urban war, where the victims bear an uncanny resemblance to their killers. A war of brother against brother, filled with wanton and automatic gunfire, even in the light of day, on neighborhood streets, where little boys make mud pies, schoolgirls jump rope, where the innocent are caught in the crossfire, where the spirit of murder blows like the wind. It is, so far, a ceaseless war in which guns are often the weapon of choice, and the finger on the trigger of the gun pointed at a black male is most often another black male’s.

    The numbers alone are enough to make me cry — to wonder why — we as African Americans will march en masse over one slain by someone who is not black, and yet sit silent over the hundreds of thousands of us obliterated from this mortal world by someone black like us, like me. It is a numbing truth borne out by hard facts: From 1980 through 2008, 93 percent of black victims were killed by blacks. Translation: For every Trayvon Martin killed by someone not black, nine other blacks were murdered by someone black.

    In 2005, — blacks — accounted for 13% of the U.S. population but 49% of all homicides. The numbers are staggering, the loss incomprehensible. Add to the tally of black males 14 and older slain across the country from 1976 to 2005, another 29,335 (slain from 2006 to 2010), and their national body count rises to 243,996, representing 82% of all black homicides for that 35-year period. What also becomes clear is this: We too often have raised killers. And this war is claiming our sons. But that’s still not the end of the story. Add to that number 51,892 black females ages 14 and older, plus five whose gender was not identifiable, and the total, not counting children, is 295,893 — more than the combined U.S. losses of World War I, the Vietnam, Korean and Mexican-American wars, the War of 1812 and the American Revolutionary War.

    Is the blood of these sons and daughters somehow less American? Two hundred ninety-five thousand eight hundred ninety-three . . . Imagine the United Center, Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field and Soldier Field nearly all filled simultaneously with black boys, girls, men and women. Now imagine that twice over. Now imagine them all dead. As far as I can see, that’s at least 295,893 reasons to cry. And it is cause enough for reticent churches, for communities, for lackadaisical leaders, for all people — no matter our race, color or creed — to find the collective will and the moral resolve to stamp out this human rights atrocity occurring right under our noses. Just imagine the human carnage and the toll to us all if we don’t.

    I can’t. I won’t.
    THE BLACK HOLOCAUST
    JOHN W. FOUNTAIN
    author@johnwfountain.com
    Last Modified: May 6, 2012

  2. BLACK SERIAL KILLERS

    WHEN LIVES DON’T MATTER TO BLACKS:
    Black Serial/Mass/Spree Killer List:
    1. Matthew Emanuel Macon (Murdered and Raped 5 White Women in Lansing)
    2. Jimmie Reed (Murdered his wife and his 2 month old daughter and set them on fire)
    3. Shelly Brooks (Murdered 7 prostitutes in Detroit Cass Corridor)
    4. Justin Blackshere (Stabbed two white cooks at Cheli’s Chili downtown Detroit)
    5. Jervon Miguel Coleman (Murdered three people.)
    6. Donell Ramon Johnson (Murdered a mother and a daughter)
    7. Brian Ranard Davis (6 women known murdered by nigger)
    8. Paul Durousseau (Seven women)
    9. Mark Goudeau “The Baseline Killer” (Eight women and a man in 2005-2006)
    10. Coral Eugene Watts (11 women in Texas & 1 in Michigan)
    11. Anthony McKnight (Five girls and young women)
    12. Derrick Todd Lee (8 Women)
    13. Charles Lendelle Carter (4 known murders; admits to ‘hunting’ Atlantans for 15 years!)
    14. The Zebra Killings (71 White people)
    15. Chester Turner (L.A.s most prolific killer 12 women killed.)
    16. Lorenzo J. Gilyard (Kansas City, MO.—13 victims)
    17. Eugene Victor Britt (Gary, IN.–3 known murder/rapes.)
    18. Reginald and Jonathan Carr (The Wichita Massacre–6 Whites murdered)
    19. Ray Joseph Dandridge and his uncle, Ricky Gevon Gray (Richmond, VA.–Murdered 7 people in 7 days, including an entire White family.)
    20. The Tinley Park Murderer (Suspect hasn’t been found but has been described as black – murdered 5 women in a store.)
    21. Henry Louis Wallace (Raped and strangled 5 women to death.)
    22. Charles Johnston (Murdered 3 unarmed white men in hospital)
    23. Craig Price (Brutally murdered 3 women)
    24. Harrison Graham (Brually Murdered 3 women)
    25. Charles Lee “Cookie” Thornton (Murdered 6 Whites at the Kirkwood, MO. city council. )
    26. & 27. Darnell Hartsfeld & Romeo Pinkerton (Abducted and Murdered 5 from a restaurant)
    28 &29. John Allen Muhammad & Lee Boyd Malvo (Sniped 11 people from a car in DC, 9 died.)
    30. George Russell (3 women, WA state)
    31. Timothy W. Spencer (5 killed, Arlington, VA and Richmond, VA)
    32. Elton M. Jackson (12 gay men killed, Norfolk, VA area)
    33. Carlton Gary (3 killed in Columbus, GA)
    34. Mohammed Adam Omar (16 women, Yemen. Omar is Sudanese.)
    35. Kendall Francois (8 women, Poughkeepsie, NY and surrounding areas.)
    36. Terry A. Blair (8 women, Kansas City area)
    37. Wayne Williams (33 many of them children!, Atlanta, GA)
    38. Vaughn Greenwood (11 killed in LA)
    39. Andre Crawford (10 killed in Chicago – southside)
    40. Calvin Jackson (9 killed possibley more in NY)
    41. Gregory Klepper (killed 8, Chicago – southside)
    42. Alton Coleman (Killed 8 in the Midwest)
    43. Harrison Graham (killed 7+ in N. Philadelphia)
    44. Cleophus Prince (6 killed in, San Diego
    45. Robert Rozier (7 killed in, Miami)
    46. Maurice Byrd (killed 20 + in St. Louis)
    47. Maury Travis (17 and rising, St. Louis and possibly also Atlanta)
    48. Hulon Mitchell, a.k.a. Yahweh Ben Yahweh (killed 20+ in Florida)
    49. Lorenzo Fayne (killed 5 children in East St. Louis, IL)
    50. Paul Durousseau, (killed 6, two of which were pregnant women, Jacksonville, FL; Georgia.)
    51. Eddie Lee Mosley (killed 25 to 30 women, south Florida)
    52. Henry Lee Jones (killed 4 in, south Florida; Bartlett, TN)
    53. Richard “Babyface” Jameswhite (15 killed in, New York; Georgia.)
    54. Donald E. Younge, Jr. (killed 4), East St. Louis, IL; Salt Lake City, UT.
    55. Ivan Hill (killed 6 in Los Angeles area).
    56. Michael Vernon (Bronx, NY. Killed at least seven people – )
    57. Chester Dewayne Turner (12 women killed in, Los Angeles)

  3. BLACK ON BLACK MURDER

    Homicide is a ‘devastating plague’ on black communities, and it is time we stop ignoring it | COMMENTARY
    By John Hudgins
    For The Baltimore Sun |
    Apr 03, 2020 |

    Homicides in Baltimore are largely committed by African Americans who kill other blacks. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)
    There’s lots of talk about being too tough on crime.
    As Michael Bloomberg ran for president earlier this year he faced criticism for his “stop- and-frisk” policy when he was the mayor of New York City.
    Gov. Larry Hogan was at odds with the Maryland General Assembly during this year’s legislative session over his support of mandatory sentencing for gun violations.

    When Hillary Clinton ran for president nearly four years ago she was forced to apologize for once saying there were predators in the black community.

    Likewise there are well meaning progressives who are concerned about discriminatory policing, crowding jails and prisons with black people, and the stereotyping of innocent African Americans.
    The reality is that homicides in major cities including Baltimore are not race neutral. Of the more than three hundred people killed in the streets of Baltimore last year, just about all of them were African Americans. The shooters (killers) were most likely black as well. This is a devastating plague acutely affecting black communities across the country.

    We must realize that some black people are a much greater threat to other black people than the Ku Klux Klan or the White Citizens’ Councils. The number of blacks gunned down in the streets by other blacks parallels our memories of the many blacks lynched in communities across the United States after Reconstruction. This is a devastating plague acutely affecting black communities across the country.

    The killings continue even as the country faces a coronavirus pandemic that prompted the governor to place the state on a stay-at-home lockdown. No one is to go out unless it is for essentials such as groceries and prescription medications. The killings don’t stop. Again it is mostly black victims.

    And while some people don’t want to admit it, the aggressive law enforcement tactics that some declare overbearing have worked in reducing crime.

    The stop-and-frisk practice in New York City was associated with a decline in homicides. When Richmond, Virginia, got tough on gun violations the homicide rate went down. By allowing gun violations to be prosecuted as federal crimes guilty persons were renditioned to federal prisons in places like Utah. This likely included some African Americans.

    When former Mayor Shelia Dixon and Police Chief Frederick H. Bealefeld III got tough on “bad guys with guns,” homicides in Baltimore went down. It is likely that most of those detained were black. In these three reductions in homicides, the people who benefited most also were African Americans who lost fewer sons, daughters, fathers and mothers to senseless street violence. More black people lived.

    This poses a real problem for the black elite and white progressives. How to address bad behavior by some black folks without denigrating the “whole” black community? Many continue to struggle to give a balanced and positive picture of black life in America. The truth is, there are some black folk who do bad things. The sad truth is that their victims are most often other black people.
    The attitude toward bad guys with guns is not the same in these violent neighborhoods, where people fear for their lives everyday, as it is in the relatively peaceful suburbs far away from the crime. Many African American communities are under siege by black gun-toting terrorists. Children cannot play in their yards and the elderly can no longer sit on their porches. At a recent town hall, a young black woman could not understand why her brother’s killer had still remained free on the street awaiting trial for a previous gun violation. Many of the people accused of murder in the city frequently have existing gun violations. This is a cycle that must be broken.

    Now is the time to reconcile, black pride, civil liberties and civil rights with the need for safe black communities. No one wants to resort to stop-and-frisk policies or mass incarceration, but something like it may be needed. Such efforts can target illegal weapons pretty much the same as stop-and-frisk efforts at major airports. This is not a problem in the larger white community, but it is in black communities and must be addressed as a problem particular to those neighborhoods.

    This senseless gun violence and predatory behavior should not continue to be tolerated. This lawlessness victimizes black families, the black community and future generations. At some point we need to stop letting the presumed rights of a few endanger the lives of many.

    John L. Hudgins (jhudgins@coppin.edu) is co-director of the Human Services Administration and an associate professor of sociology at Coppin State University.

    1. I guess you f-king decided what book I was going to read this morning, though not one word of it is your own that would give an indication as to your motivation.
      In this particular article, you talk about the crime of stop and frisk and police brutality but I have to wonder, do you know what lies at the root of all these problems? It is we the American nationals who have allowed a corporate charter to replace a flawed Constitution that never was when we have had the power and authority to abolish the corporation and install true law and order via the ratified law of the 1791 known as the Bill of Rights, ratified by representatives of we the people which can only be exercised and enforced by we the people as individuals.
      All the problems you have no doubt just copied and pasted from one site to the next, I have had to read this morning, and guess what, I know this shit.
      As far as the black on black killings, the problem is easily solved, just like the all killings in this country. Enforce the common law by returning the common law courts that belong to we the people. Remove the unlawful corporation and the unlawful 14th Amendment, and the sheriff or constable, who will be elected by the people of the jurisdiction, will form into posses and militia units if necessary and straight up eradicate the wanton murder on our streets.
      And it will not stop there as we realize that in places like Chicago, the good people are being denied their 2nd Article right to be armed with every terrible implement of the soldier by the suits at the top who are creating this carnage. The police are private corporate enforcers and as such, unlawful under the 9th Article of the supreme ratified law of this land.
      The only reason the pigment of skin has been entered into this equation is for the purpose of divide of the American nationals who own this f-king country, which is being run by an international criminal cabal in direct violation of our supreme ratified law known as the Bill of Rights, which should not be confused with the aristocratic unlawful Constitution.
      As for the scourge of the jew, again it would be handled the same way.
      We the armed people of this country are the f-king power and the only authority. The corporations are unlawful as they are in violation of the law. This corporate aristocracy is at the root of the misery as it is being run by the Zionist jews.
      This is what I will say for now. Might be interesting to hear a few of your own words that we may understand your position in all of this, whether you support the enforcement of the supreme ratified law by we the people as intended by those who put that law in place, or whether you support a restructuring of the unlawful corporation and the subjugation of the people under the unlawful 14th Amendment.

        1. Funny this time, next time it all goes in the trash.
          This is SOMEBODY who thinks they are going to get every article they want put up through the comment section.
          Everything in these articles has been covered on this site at various times. This person was not commenting, he was rudely trying to bypass our system here, and like I said, it is not going to happen again.
          Anything comes like this again, I’m not even going to read it and the person is going directly into spam.
          I’m glad you got a link you liked out of it, but this is a pile of f-king work that I did not need with the pile of f-king work that I still have to complete today.
          Other than that, hope you are doing well. 🙂

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