A white couple might have committed a hate crime, as they are accused of shooting and stabbing to death a Black Navy veteran at a California gas station.
Christine Garner, 42, and Jeremy Jones, 49, were arrested and charged with murder of Justin Peoples, 30, the following day of March 15 at a Chevron gas station in Tracy, California after 9 p.m., CBS News reported.
While the reason for killing Peoples has yet to be confirmed, the San Joaquin County prosecutor's office found it worth noting that Jones has white supremacist tattoos.
In a complaint filed three days after the fatal crime, investigators concluded that Garner was the one who shot Peoples while Jones stabbed him. The prosecutors also concluded that the act was done due to "[Peoples'] race, color, religion, nationality or country of origin."
The alleged white supremacists were helped by a third person named Christopher Dimenco, 58, who was charged with accessory to murder. Dimenco is charged for helping Garner and Jones "avoid or escape" arrest.
"When community members are victims of crimes related to hate, we will use our resources to bring those responsible to justice," Tracy Police Chief Sekou Millington said in a press release.
There is no room for hate in Tracy or anywhere," he continued.
The news of Peoples' death has devastated his family. People's aunt, Berniece Bass, stated that "It doesn't make a difference what color you are. Some are black, some are brown, some are light skinned….we have all colors but we know the human race is the number one color we need to be fighting for."
Peoples' father, Maurice Peoples, told CBS San Francisco that his son, a father of two who served his country, was "just a remarkable young man."
Pending their arraignment hearing, scheduled for April 4, Garner and Jones are being held in jail.