The incident occurred in Peoria, Arizona, close to Phoenix, early Thursday.
Relations mentioned the teenager, Elijah Al-Amin, had gotten off of labor about 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday and had spent a while together with his girlfriend earlier than stopping on the retailer.
Police mentioned a witness was making an attempt to assist Al-Amin by making use of stress to his neck once they arrived at 1:42 a.m. Police and hearth personnel supplied medical care and he was taken to the hospital, the place he was pronounced useless at 2:05 a.m.
The witnesses informed police that Al-Amin hadn’t performed or mentioned something to impress the assault. One mentioned Adams did not say something to the teenager earlier than stabbing him.
Police stopped Adams as he walked away from the shop. He had blood on his left forearm, hand and foot, and officers discovered a pocket knife on him. He was taken into custody with out incident.
Adams had been launched from jail July 2, in keeping with the Arizona Division of Corrections.
Adams informed a detective that he stabbed Al-Amin within the again and lower his throat, in keeping with the assertion.
He mentioned Al-Amin did not do something threatening however that the youth had been listening to rap music in his automobile within the parking zone, in keeping with the assertion.
“Adams acknowledged rap music makes him really feel unsafe, as a result of up to now he has been attacked by individuals (Blacks, Hispanics, and Native American) who take heed to rap music. Adams additional acknowledged, individuals who take heed to rap music are a risk to him and the group,” the report mentioned.
He informed police that he felt threatened by the music, not by Al-Amin. Adams is white, and Al-Amin was black, white and Latino.
“Adams felt he wanted to be ‘Proactive moderately than reactive’ and shield himself and the group from the sufferer,” the paperwork mentioned.
Adams has been charged with first-degree premeditated homicide and is being held on the Maricopa County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
Jacie Cotterell, who represented Adams at an preliminary courtroom look however is not his legal professional, mentioned Adams has a historical past of psychological sickness, in keeping with KPHO/KTVK.
The Division of Corrections mentioned Adams wasn’t designated as critically mentally unwell.
No public defender has been appointed.
‘He liked music and dealing’
Al-Amin’s mom informed CNN she did not perceive how anybody might assume he was a risk.
“My son is so particular and so liked and everybody liked him,” Serina Rides mentioned. “He is so compassionate and caring, so caring about everybody.”
She mentioned he was going to be a senior in highschool and was turning 18 on July 28.
He labored at Subway and Taco Bell and hoped to get a 3rd job.
“My son did not drink, smoke, do medication, celebration. He liked music and dealing. He was targeted on his objectives,” she mentioned.
“He began mowing lawns at 13 and saving cash as a result of he wished to personal his personal enterprise very younger,” she mentioned. “He recruited different children to work for him within the garden enterprise, and he was so good. I used to be so happy with him.”
Rides was preparing for her son’s funeral on Monday.
“My son’s not aggressive. My son’s by no means been in any gang in any affiliation with something,” she mentioned. “He is a great boy. He is a great child. He is my child, and I’ve to bury him. I am on my approach to bury him proper now.”
CNN’s Samuel Romano and Danielle Sills contributed to this report.