David Rivas Morales, a painter from the Austin, Texas area was being dropped off at his apartment after work by a friend on Tuesday when the driver struck a 2-year-old boy in the apartmentâ€™s parking lot. It was about 9:30 p.m. at the Booker T. Washington apartments near Rosewood Park in Austin. The boy was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A nearby crowd was celebrating Juneteenth, an Austin tradition when they saw the accident and confronted the driver. Morales got out of the car to defend the driver, and the crowd began to attack him.
At first, it was estimated that 2,000 to 3,000 people were involved in the attack. Later, the number dropped to about 20. No one is said to have used any guns or knives in the incident. However, 40-year-old Morales was soon beaten to death. His sister, Margaret Morales said a young boy came to her door to tell her that her brother was lying on the ground outside. When she found him, he was laying on the pavement about 100 feet from her townhouse, severely beaten and choking on blood. He was taken to the hospital where he died. His sister is devastated and hopes to find justice as police search for the crowd members who are responsible for the attack.
Juneteenth is a day that celebrates the day General Gordon Granger shared the news of the Emancipation Proclamation with the salves of Galveston, Texas. This news cam two years after Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery in the U.S. Unfortunately, this peaceful event had to end on a tragic note.
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