The women placed flowers on June 29 in a shelter where a 28-year-old black man was found dead on June 24 in Ronne, on the Danish island of Bornholm. (Photo: PELLE RINK, Ritzau Scanpix / AFP via Getty Ima)
Black’s murder on a Danish island by two white brothers, one of whom the local media reported had a Nazi tattoo visible on his leg, prompted screams for justice after a prosecutor denied any racist motive in the murder.
The 28-year-old man of Danish and Tanzanian descent was beaten, stabbed and found dead earlier this month in a forest in Rønne, on the island of Bornholm, Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet reported. The newspaper and Danish broadcaster DR reported that the man’s attackers also pressed his knee to the neck, comparing George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
Prosecutor Bente Petersen Lund, however, said that while the police considered racist motives in the murder, they believe that an earlier relationship between men played a role, by DR.
The The New York Times identified the victim as Phillip Mbuji Johansen, but the two defendants have not been identified.
Johansen’s mother, who was not named, told Ekstra Bladet that her son had contacted Facebook with at least one of the men who allegedly attacked him.
One of the brothers had a swastika tattoo on his leg, while the other expressed support for a far-right group online, reported Ekstra Bladet and the New York Times.
A Facebook page for Black Lives Matter Denmark criticized the authorities, saying the case was based on race and called it “racist murder by imitation of honor”.
Ekstra Bladet reported that Johansen was at a party the night he was killed and was invited to have a beer in the forest at the end of the night. Johansen’s mother told the newspaper that her son was quiet and calm and did not cause any problems.
Johansen grew up on Bornholm, but lived in Vordingborg, Zealand, the largest and most populous Danish island that also houses Copenhagen, where he studied to become an engineer.
“It is so tragic. My son was a sweet and caring young man,” Johansen’s mother told Ekstra Bladet, according to a translation.
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