Murder of James Byrd, Jr.

Murder of James Byrd, Jr
1949 - 1998

Murder of James Byrd, Jr.  American


Who is are they dating right now?

According to our records, Murder of James Byrd, Jr. is possibly single.


Help us build our profile of Murder of James Byrd, Jr.! Login to add information, pictures and relationships, join in discussions and get credit for your contributions.


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.

More about Murder of James Byrd, Jr.
Less about Murder of James Byrd, Jr.




Top Contributors for Murder of James Byrd, Jr.

    Edit Page

    Help keep Murder of James Byrd, Jr. profile up to date.

    Six Degrees

    Six Degrees Connections

    Connect any celebrity with Murder of James Byrd, Jr. to see how closely they are linked... romantically!

    Recent connections involving Murder of James Byrd, Jr.