Angry members of a South Florida community were out bright and early to protest the reopening of a Southwest Miami-Dade convenience store where a man was killed earlier this month in what some are calling a racially-motivated attack.
Dozens of protesters waving signs reading "Boycott the Store" and "Justice & Change" descended on the Quick Stop on Southwest 168th St. Monday morning to hold a peace rally following the death of 34-year-old Akil LaRue Oliver on Nov. 18.
Store owners Ragheb Sulaiman, 24, and brother Nabil Sulaiman, 19, have both been arrested in Oliver's death. Police said Oliver got into a shouting match with store employees, allegedly shouting racial slurs at the Sulaimans in an argument over seven cents.
Police said one of the brothers, Nabil Sulaiman, hit Oliver over the head with a bottle and then Ragheb hit him over the head with a crowbar.
Family members claim the pair used racial slurs as they beat Oliver.
"After he was dead, they continued to beat him and they were calling him the N word. They were calling him a ni--er while they were beating him and something has to be done about that," said Bernard Hudson, Oliver's brother.
Ragheb Sulaiman has been charged with second-degree murder. Nabil Sulaiman has been charged with battery and is out of jail on a $10,000 bond.
The store has remained closed during the investigation, but was set to open Monday. Several protesters had descended on the Quick Stop earlier this month for a demonstration.
"It's so sad that it took for what happened to my brother to happen for us to come together like this," said Hudson.