Black Man Shot, Dragged 10 Miles in South Carolina

By Daisy Hernandez Jun 07, 2010

The FBI is looking into whether race may have played a role in the murder of Anthony Hill last week in Newberry, South Carolina. Local authorities say the 30-year-old Black man was shot by his white coworker, Gregory Collins, 19, who then tied the body up with nylon rope, dragged it across country roads for almost 10 miles and dumped it on U.S. Highway 176. When Hill’s body was found Wednesday morning, sheriff deputies literally followed the trail of blood back to Collins’s mobile home. Collins refused to surrender until officers fired tear gas into his home. They found 20 guns in Collins home, including a shotgun. Cops in South Carolina told local papers that they don’t have a motive for the murder. Hill and Collins worked together at chicken processing plant and had spent some part of last Tuesday together. “Out of precaution, given the circumstances, we are investigating the racial angle," State Law Enforcement Division director Reggie Lloyd said. Hill’s murder brings to mind the ghastly 1998 killing of James Byrd Jr. in Texas, who was dragged for three miles to his death. His murder, which some people referred to as “lynching-by-dragging,” led the way for the creation of the federal hate crimes law, which Pres. Obama signed last October.