Twenty-nine-year-old Daniel Adkins, a mentally disabled Hispanic, was walking his dog by a Taco Bell in Arizona when he was almost hit by a black man at the drive thru. Adkins and the unidentified man had an angry exchange, which led the 22-year-old black man to shoot Adkins, killing him, according to Fox News.
The man was driving his car with a pregnant woman in the passenger seat. At first, the couple said that Adkins was waving a metal object, such as a pipe. However, no weapon was found at the scene, according to the local news. The man who killed Adkins claimed self-defence and has not yet been arrested.
This case is quite reminiscent of the Trayvon Martin case, in which an unarmed black teenager was killed by a neighborhood watch man, George Zimmerman, a Hispanic, who claimed self-defence and started a media frenzy about racism and was even commented upon by the president. Interestingly, Daniel Adkins is not referred to in the local stories as a “white Hispanic” although that is how many sources described George Zimmerman. Why was the shooter not identified in the news, but George Zimmerman was? How is this case different than the Trayvon Martin case, which has dominated the mainstream media?
“The whole world fell on top of us. It has been so hard to know that he is not here with us anymore,” said Marina Reyes, Daniel’s sister. James Adkins, Daniel’s uncle said, “He is not threatening in any way. There is no way that anyone could be threatened by Daniel, he is just not that way he has the mentality of a 12 or 13-year-old.”
The dog, Lady, was picked up by the Humane Society. Daniel Adkins lived with his parents, according to another local source. The family is demanding justice.
This case has not received attention from the mainstream media.