Hate Crime in Maryland

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

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The Neighbourly Battle

The altercation occurred between the Smiths and Mireles subsequent door. The six folks shot had been attendees of an enormous get together 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 taking pictures repeatedly on the window the place folks 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 taking pictures the neighbours and claimed he solely introduced out the gun as a result of they began firing on the Smiths’ residence. 

Historical past of the perpetrator with victims

The explanation 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 court docket beneath 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 had been Black. 

He additionally as soon as reported that Shirley Smith drove her automotive very near him when he was washing his automotive and accused her of attempting to assault him. She in flip claims that he would throw rocks at road indicators and hit automobiles. 

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 response to the Annapolis Police Division, the incident falls beneath a hate crime and he will probably 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 probability of parole. 


Hate crime is one thing that has come to mild solely in recent times and earlier it was referred to as discrimination and harassment. It has solely been listed as against the law now. Nevertheless it nonetheless doesn’t deliver the kind of duty in folks that’s anticipated of them. 

Utilizing racial slurs and abusing folks of a unique race or faith will not be unprecedented. However the losses that the Mireles have undergone are unimaginable. 

Ought to one’s private beliefs and values educate them to be discriminative towards those that look completely different from them or are from a unique 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.