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Hate Crime in Maryland

Stories of a capturing in Paddington Place, Annapolis the place a 43-year-old Charles Robert Smith, has been charged with killing three individuals and injuring three others. The victims are discovered to be Latino individuals which places Smith underneath the class of hate crime.

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The Neighbourly Battle

The altercation occurred between the Smiths and Mireles subsequent door. The six individuals shot have been attendees of a giant occasion on the Mireles’. There was a dispute between Shirley Smith and Mario Mireles when Charles Smith, her son, introduced out a gun and shot Mario Mireles and Christian Segovia. 

Then he went again into the home, introduced a rifle and began capturing repeatedly on the window the place individuals had began to come back out and assist a severely wounded Mario Mireles.  Charles Smith fatally shot Nicolas Mireles, Mario Mireles’ father. 

He critically wounded Rosalina Segovia, Enner Canales Hernandez and Paul Johnson. When the police arrived, Smith admitted to capturing the neighbours and claimed he solely introduced out the gun as a result of they began firing on the Smiths’ dwelling. 

Historical past of the perpetrator with victims

The rationale for the battle between the neighbours was over a difficulty with the parking. However this isn’t the primary time that an argument or disagreement has occurred between them. Charles Robert Smith and the remainder of the Smiths have had a historical past of battle with their neighbours, the Mireles. 

The 2 households have been neighbours for a very long time and have had a collection of disagreements through the years. The Mireles have reported the Smiths and brought issues to courtroom underneath claims of Smiths utilizing racial slurs. There was an incident when Mario Mireles received a peace petition signed and accused Shirley Smith of verbally abusing and harassing them and their neighbours who have been Black. 

He additionally as soon as reported that Shirley Smith drove her automobile very near him when he was washing his automobile and accused her of making an attempt to assault him. She in flip claims that he would throw rocks at avenue indicators and hit autos. 

The Implications

Charles Robert Smith killed three people- Mario Mireles, Nicolas Mireles and Christian Segovia and injured three others- Rosalina Segovia, Enner Canales Hernandez and Paul Johnson.

 In keeping with the Annapolis Police Division, the incident falls underneath a hate crime and he shall be charged with it. The indictment says that he faces three counts of race crime, three counts of first-degree homicide and 6 counts of tried first-degree homicide for the killings and severely injuring the others. Charles Robert Smith faces life in jail with little to no likelihood of parole. 


Hate crime is one thing that has come to mild solely lately and earlier it was known as discrimination and harassment. It has solely been listed as against the law now. But it surely nonetheless doesn’t deliver the kind of accountability in individuals that’s anticipated of them. 

Utilizing racial slurs and abusing individuals of a special race or faith will not be extraordinary. However the losses that the Mireles have undergone are unimaginable. 

Ought to one’s private beliefs and values educate them to be discriminative towards people who look completely different from them or are from a special religion and drive them to the crime of this diploma? Does it validate the violence that has taken place within the case of the Mireles? These are the questions we have to ask ourselves.