A seventh arrest was made in the gang rape of a Richmond High School girl. A total of 10 men, police allege, beat and raped the girl outside her homecoming dance. Held on a $1.2 million arrest warrant, the unidentified 21-year-old allegedly played a significant role in the brutal attack.
In related news, one of the suspects being charged as an adult, Marcelles James Peter, 17, is black. Why is this important? Because his relatives claim he's being singled out unfairly because of his race. SF Chronicle reports:
Peter's family accused prosecutors of having racial motives. Peter is the only black suspect named in the case. Smith is white, and the other suspects are Latino.
Peter "didn't have anything to do with this," his aunt said. "He said everyone was just walking past, and he just kept moving when he saw something was going on.
"He's a good kid with no criminal record who likes to play soccer," she said. "I am going to prove his innocence.
"My nephew is scared," she added. "He is the one they've arrested who is black, and if they give my nephew a life sentence, I will sue Richmond. There is no way in hell I will see my nephew blamed in this because he is black."
No words for the victim, eh? Nice.
Also, Cody Ray Smith of San Pablo, 15, one of the youngest suspects, has a budding fanbase of confused teenagers. Check out Cody's MySpace page to see RaChEllE ™, UMPA[FREE CODY], and ν α η ε s s α ♥ proclaim his innocence. His arrest, it would seem, has something to do with "the system." Vanessa Martinez (AKA ;;;;;VANE$$A;;;;), who must have been repeatedly dropped on her head as a child, writes the following regarding the gang rape, "Fuck the system fuck the snitchz.free cody fast..."