William Sims, black musician, robbed and killed in California hate crime

A California man has been charged with murder and two others are being sought for the racially motivated shooting death of a black musician earlier this month in El Sobrante, police said.

William Sims, 28, of Richmond, was found robbed, beaten and shot to death on the street in the 4100 block of Appian Way outside the nearby Capri Club billiards, the San Francisco Gate reported.

Though his death occurred Nov. 12, news of Sims’ death didn’t make headlines until this week.

Daniel Porter-Kelly, 31, who is white, was charged with robbery and murder with a hate crime enhancement and is being held without bail at the Martinez Detention Facility, police said.

Authorities are also searching for 32-year-old Ray Simons and 31-year-old Daniel Ortega, who are both white, for their alleged connection to the crime.

Mr. Ortega’s mother, 54-year-old Renee Brown, was arrested on suspicion of interfering with the investigation, the Gate reported. She was held on $500,000 bail.

Jimmy Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, said investigators think Sims was targeted because of his race, the Gate reported.

Sims was a local musician and had no gang ties or criminal history, Mr. Lee said.

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