Kristi Hannah, Omar Thorntonâ€™s girlfriend, is now being widely quoted as supporting the claim that her boyfriendâ€™s shooting rampage was triggered by racism at the workplace. Get the story here, and see photos and video below.
The girlfriend of the man who stormed into a Connecticut beer distributor, killed 9 co-workers, and then himself, is speaking out today. Now that the initial shock of the massacre has worn off, people are beginning to look more closely into what might drive a man to such extremes.
Obviously nothing in this world can justify such an atrocious act, but just as with Columbine, people want answers. Many of those clues were brought to light today as the 911 call, placed by Thornton himself, was made public. In the call he tells the operator:
â€śYou probably want to know the reason for thisâ€¦This place is a racist place. They treat me bad over here and all the other black employees bad over here tooâ€¦So I took it into my own hands and handled the problemâ€¦I wish I couldn’t got more of the people.”
Company officials insist that his claim is bogus, citing a complete lack of any formal complaints suggesting there were any racial tensions where he worked. But his girlfriend, Kristi Hannah, suggests otherwise, even pointing to a cell phone picture he sent her of bathroom graffiti:
â€śHe said every day when he’d come in, there’d be new stuff on the [bathroom] wallâ€¦One was a hangman with a noose around his neck and underneath it said, ‘Kill the n-wordâ€™â€¦I know what I seen on that wall and that picture and that would make somebody go crazyâ€¦If they keep doing it to somebody over and over and over and over and over. And I know that was happening to him because no one just wakes up one day and does that.”
Unreal. For more on the story, check here. Also, Iâ€™ve included some photos and video of Kristi Hannah, Omar Thorntonâ€™s girlfriend below.