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Three White Men Charged With Hate Crime For Murder of William Sims

Authorities say a talented Bay Area pianist and musician was murdered because he was black and left to die in a roadway.

Daniel Porter-Kelly, 31, is accused of murder, robbery, and a hate crime in the slaying of William Sims, 28, who was described by those who knew him as a gentle person with a gift for music. Porter-Kelly was arrested on Nov. 16 and is being held without bail at the Martinez Detention Facility, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. County prosecutors have charged Porter-Kelly with robbery and murder with a hate crime enhancement in the killing of 28-year-old Will Sims of Richmond, police said.

On Tuesday, authorities identified two other suspects for whom they are searching: Ray Simons, 32, of Hercules, and Daniel Ortega, 31, of Novato or Richmond. The two, both of whom are white, are considered armed and dangerous.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, authorities say that Sims was jumped inside a pool hall called the Capri Club in El Sobrante, California and left for dead on the street. A sergeant with the sheriff’s office came across Sims’ body in the street near the pool hall just after 2 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Sheriff’s Department says he was robbed, beaten and shot. Police have not released why they believe that Sims was targeted because of his race, however they have attached a hate crime enhancement to the charges.

The Costa County Sheriff’s press release says,

“On Saturday, November 12, 2016, at about 2:11 a.m., a Sheriff’s Office Sergeant discovered William Sims lying in the roadway in the area of Appian Way and Garden Lane in El Sobrante. Sims had been beaten and shot and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Sims was 28-years-old and was from Richmond, where he was a musician and worked in retail. He had no gang ties and no criminal history.”

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Sims’ sister, Stacey, said:

“He loved music. He loved making friends. He was the best brother a sister could ever have. It’s been very difficult. It still seems unreal.”

Sims played in an award-winning university jazz group, the newspaper said, adding that Sims was described as charismatic and kind.

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Anyone with information on the incident or the whereabouts of Ortega or Simons can contact the sheriff’s department anonymously at (866) 846-3592.

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7 comments

Jonas Pell November 25, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Don’t worry blacks, you still commit over 90% of the inter-racial murders like the female Explorer Cop in Ookland whose black “friend” lured her to her death She was stabbed beaten and burned to death by the two evil dindus. But since the perps had fecal coloring, no hate crime there.

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Kevin Green November 26, 2016 at 2:26 am

I wonder what planet your from. If blacks started killing today for the next ten, they could never reach the incermountable number of deaths committed in this country by Caucasians or don’t all of those deaths count?

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Jane Smith Murphy December 4, 2016 at 5:29 am

Thank you for educating that uneducated racist Donald Trump voter.

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Jami February 2, 2017 at 7:07 am

Is your penis small?

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Quentine Woodruff March 4, 2019 at 10:33 am

your relatives should have cooked, cleaned, worked and taken care of their own babies instead of going across the ocean to get “blacks” to do it for them, then you and your future racist spawn wouldn’t have to worry about “blacks” being here to supposedly cause all your problems.

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S. Johnson November 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Jonas Pee, you are one dumb stupid ignorant albino monkey. Know your history. The white man has killed more people than blacks ever have, so before you sound and look so stupid know your history first, you idiot.I sure you believe this crap, but people like you are cowards and do more dirt than others that don’t know any better believe. I know you people commit just as much crime,Your kind of apes like to talk about others but you think when you do crime it’s OK because you are sneaky coward snakes in the back hills/woods doing any and everything undercover criminals. You also have to have more than one like these butt holes that killed this man, you never do anything by yourselves. It took 3 trailer trash to kill one man, you damn coward piece of scum. You are not a man, you are albino trash that can’t even talk trash that make’s sense.You albino monkey.

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Jane Smith Murphy December 4, 2016 at 5:31 am

Thank you also for educating that uneducated racist Donald Trump voter.

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