UPDATE: The killings of three Hispanic crime victims, with their bodies found in different locations, maybe drug related Birmingham, Alabama police are reporting. It appears that the first body found on Ishkooda-Wenonah Road, a Hispanic male, and the third body found (also male Hispanic) on Carver Avenue were drug related murders. A 34-year old unidentified male is being held for these crimes.
The second body found, a Hispanic female, that was shot and raped with her body left by a burning car is still under investigation. The police are not confirming if she is related to the two male victims.
ORIGINAL STORY: With a twenty-four hour period starting yesterday morning, the bodies of three Hispanic murder victims were found in different locations throughout the city of Birmingham, Alabama.
Yesterday morning a well-dressed Hispanic male was found with multiple gunshot wounds, his body had been left on the side of the road at Ishkooda Road and 22nd.
Hours later police found a female Hispanic victim partially nude whose body had been thrown into a ditch near the Hartman Industrial Blvd. Police Chief Frank Belcher, says his officers came upon the female victim when they were investigating a burning vehicle. It is believed the woman had been raped and shot twice.
The third Hispanic murder victim was found early this morning shot to death at the 3500 block of Carver Avenue. His body was thrown into a nearby drainage ditch.
Birmingham is Alabama’s largest city and has the 10th highest crime rate in the country. It is not know if these crimes are related or if they were targeted for being Hispanic; 1.5% of the city’s population is Hispanic.