Six Bored Black Teenagers Murder Pizza Shop Worker
by Lewis Loflin
"Why? Why is this happening to me?" These were the last words of Matthew Chew as he bleed to death after being stabbed multiple times in the abdomen by a gang of black teenagers. The murder weapon has never been recovered.
19-year-old Idris Elahi was sentenced in New London Superior Court to 35 years in prison for Matthew's murder. He was 17 at the time and it's likely the other six thugs will get plea bargains.
How did this come about? The gang was at Elahi's house and got "hyped" up over some TV program. Another defendant Rahshad Perry dared Elahi to kill somebody so the gang went hunting for a victim.
25-year-old Matthew Chew had just left his job at Two Wives Brick Oven Pizza October 29th, 2010 in New London, Connecticut. He would never make it home as a gang of six black teenagers attacked him. Stabbed multiple times, he tried to crawl to his place of employment and died on the street.
His black co-worker Kenny Mitchell said, "The mood's been really somber around here." Matthew's picture still hangs at the Two Wives restaurant and his pear and gorgonzola pizza still tops the specials menu. Kenny says Matthew was "a musician, an artist, and a friend."
A month later six teens were arrested in connection with the Chew murder. Two 17-year-olds are believed to be the ones that were armed with knives and are charged with murder while their four buddies are charged with accessory to murder.
But the police wanted the issue swept under the racial rug. They claim they can't find a motive and the poor kids were just "bored." They shrug off as just another everyday event. Perhaps it is. Demands for hate crime charges would be ignored anyway. Oddly, or perhaps not, Al Sharpton is nowhere to be found.
After all he flew to Jena, Louisiana to defend the notorious 'Jena Six' a group of six young black males that attacked, beat, and tried to kill a young white boy. The six blacks, most with prior criminal records, were treated as victims in the press and by civil rights advocates. But only silence for Matthew Chew.
So what is the problem with Matthew Chew? Matthew is white and like the 'Jena Six' the thugs were black. But unlike the Jena attack there were no school officials or police around to stop the "bored" youth. The New London Six succeeded in their goal to kill a white.
If this really had been six whites murdering a lone black for whatever reason, Al Sharpton and the race baiting liberal press would be camping out at the local courthouse.
On Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 police made the arrests. Seventeen-year-old Idris Elahi was arrested and charged in the murder of 25-year-old Matthew Chew of New London. He is being held on $1.5 million bond. He was later sentenced to 35 years.
Police later announced the arrest of four other suspects, all from New London, for accessory to murder. All four are being held on $500,000 bond. They are: 17-year-old Matias Perry of New London, 18-year-old Brian Rabell, 17-year-old Rashad Perry and 18-year-old Tyree Bundy. Later Tuesday evening, 17-year-old Marquis Singleton surrendered to police.
Update: 12/21/2012 - Rahshad Perry and Matias Perry, both 19, have pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and will be sentenced to 15-year prison sentences. Brian Rabell and Tyree Bundy, cooperating defendants, also pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and will be sentenced to eight years in prison. The 6th defendant Marquis Singleton has refused the plea deal. He is charged with murder and facing up to 60 years in prison. The judge urged him to reconsider.
To quote www.theday.com on the attack,
During a probable cause hearing for Elahi, Singleton testified that he participated in the assault. (New London Superior Court Judge Susan) Handy said that the testimony could be used against him at trial.
According to court testimony, the six teens gathered at the home of Elahi, where they decided to go out and jump somebody at random. Two of the teens then decided that they would do something more serious.
The group headed downtown in search of a victim. The teens spotted Chew and then split up "in case he tried to run" when they attacked him, Singleton testified. Matias Perry asked Chew if he had a lighter and then hit him on the left side of the face when Chew reached into his pocket. Singleton said he then hit Chew on the right side of the face. Then the rest of the teens joined in on the attack.
Singleton testified that he went home and started crying because "somebody got hurt." He said he was unaware that Chew had died until Matias Perry called him the next morning and said, "We caught a body."