The New Black Panther Party made it presence known in Newberry County.
We fundamentally cannot allow a modern day lynching to take place, says party leader Malik Zulu Shabazz, and we sit back and doing nothing about it.
The group led a rally Monday evening in memory of 30-year-old Anthony Hill.
He was the best husband ever and the best father he could be, says Anthony TMs estranged wife Aurea Hill. When they told me what happened I was in shock.
The brutal murder is under investigation. Police say 19-year-old Gregory Collins shot and killed Hill before tying his body to a truck and dragging it ten miles. The incident is being considered as a possible hate crime.
Members of the New Black Panther Party have called for quicker action from law enforcement.
I think everything that is going on is surreal, says Newberry resident Quenton Lyles. It TMs something you would see on TV, and it TMs just so sad to have something like this happen so close to home.
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster insists that his department, along with federal officials are doing everything they can.
What is perplexing to me and law enforcement is that we have a suspect in jail and charged with murder, says Lee, which is the highest crime that you can be charged with in the state of South Carolina.
According to Foster, Collins is sitting behind bars without bond as investigators continue their probe into what led up to the killing.
New Black Panther Party members and supporters say until Collins is charged with committing a hate crime, they will not be silenced.
We as black people need to get together, says Newberry resident Leslie Means, we need to come together with some unity and be as one.
The group has planned a march against hate crimes for July 17 in Newberry County.
Black Panther Party demand justice in brutal killing - Thursday, June 10, 2010 On Thursday nearly half a dozen members of the organization, voiced their concerns following the brutal killing of Anthony Hill.Investigators: Misinformation may hamper dragging death case - Friday, June 11, 2010Newberry County officials continue their investigation into the death of a Kershaw County man who was shot then dragged behind a truck for 10 miles. But investigators are worried that misinformation may get in the way of their ongoing work. Police: More than 20 guns in Newberry suspect's home - Friday, June 04, 2010South Carolina investigators say they found more than 20 guns in the home of a white man accused of shooting and killing a black man and then dragging his body 10 miles down country roads. SC police: Black man shot to death, body dragged - Thursday, June 03, 2010A 19-year-old white South Carolina man has made his first court appearance after being charged in the shooting death of a black man whose body was dragged for 10 miles behind a truck.
Investigators treating murder as hate crime - Wednesday, June 02, 2010 Nineteen-year-old Gregory Ashton Collins is in custody following a standoff with deputies in Newberry County after, authorities say, he shot and killed 30-year-old Anthony Hill and tied his body to the back of his truck and drove down the road.