White Ex-Con Slits Black Teen's Throat for Listening to Rap Music

Rebekah Sager
July 08, 2019 - 8:39 am

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office


An Arizona ex-con had only been out of prison for less than two days when he killed an African American 17-year-old for playing his rap music too loudly. 

Michael Paul Adams, 27, had just been released from the Arizona State Prison Complex in Yuma, according to Arizona Department of Corrections, when he pulled into a Peoria, Arizona K-gas station, and encountered Elijah Al-Amin.

According to police, Adams waiting until Al-Amin walked out of the gas station store, ran from behind the door, and stabbed him in the back, and then slit his throat with a pocketknife. 

Surveillance video shows that Al-Amin ran to the canopy over the gas pumps, where he collapsed. When police arrived they began CPR. The teen was then taken to the hospital, where he died at 2:05 a.m. 

According to reports, Adams told police he felt "threatened," by Adam's music and people who play rap music. Adams told police he was being "proactive, not reactive," as the music made him feel "unsafe." 

Al-Amin's father says his son was "a good kid." 

“He wanted to be hotel management, he wanted to move to Seattle, he wanted to move to different places,” Al-Amin's dad said to KVOA.

Adams is being held on $1 million bond.