Murder of James Byrd, Jr.

Murder of James Byrd, Jr
1949 - 1998

Murder of James Byrd, Jr.  American

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Murder of James Byrd, Jr. passed away on 7th Jun 1998 aged 49.

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First Name Murder
Middle Name Of James
Last Name Byrd
Age 49 (age at death) years
Birthday 2nd May, 1949
Birthplace Jasper, Texas U.S.A
Died 7th June, 1998
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Nationality American

James Byrd, Jr. (May 2, 1949 – June 7, 1998) was an African-American who was murdered by three men, of whom at least two were white supremacists, in Jasper, Texas, on June 7, 1998. Shawn Berry, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and John King dragged Byrd for three miles behind a pick-up truck along an asphalt road. Byrd, who remained conscious throughout most of the ordeal, was killed when his body hit the edge of a culvert, severing his right arm and head. The murderers drove on for another mile before dumping his torso in front of an African-American cemetery in Jasper. Byrd's lynching-by-dragging gave impetus to passage of a Texas hate crimes law. It later led to the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, commonly known as the Matthew Shepard Act, which passed on October 22, 2009, and which President Barack Obama signed into law on October 28, 2009.

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