The young life of Larnell Malik Bruce was tragically ended by two people whose hearts were filled with hate. A White supremacist and his girlfriend mowed down the black teenager with their Jeep and both have now been charged with murder.
Get him, baby. Get him,” Colleen Hunt, 35, reportedly told her boyfriend, Russell Courtier, 38, as he fought with Larnell, 19, on Aug. 10, according to The New York Daily News. Larnell was charging his phone outside a 7-11 when Russell, a man known to be part of European Kindred, a white supremacist prison gang, drove up to the store with his girlfriend. A fight immediately broke out with Russell reportedly smashing Larnell’s head in the store’s front window.
Larnell pulled a knife to protect himself, and both Colleen and Russell retreated to their Jeep. It would be the weapon they’d use to end Larnell’s life. Russell fled from the scene and the couple reportedly chased him “across oncoming lanes of traffic,” per The Portland Mercury, before running him over with their car. The police soon arrived to find Larnell bleeding from the head and ears. He would be declared dead a couple days later.
A grand jury indicted both Colleen and Russell for murder on Aug. 18. Russell has been in and out of Oregon prisons for most of his life. He was actually on parole the night he allegedly killed Larnell, following a 2013 incident where he attacked a woman with a knife. Despite Russell’s association with European Kindred (he reportedly has a EK-shield tattoo on his calf) neither he nor Colleen has been charged with a hate crime.
Larnell had just moved to Gresham, Oregon to live with his younger brother and mother just six months before his death. His family has set up a GoFundeMe page to cover the costs of medical bills and funeral expenses. “We lost our son, brother, cousin, nephew and friend to a senseless crime,” his family wrote.
Despite the sadness of losing Larnell, the family said that this tragedy has provided “the opportunity to save many lives through the Organ Donor program.” His family planned to hold a public celebration of life on Sep. 1 – what would have been his 20th birthday.
Our thoughts go out to Larnell’s family and friends.