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Gang of teens beat St Louis motorist to death with hammers in front of his wife after he got out to confront them when they attacked his car

  • Zemir Begic, 32, was surrounded by a group of teens wielding hammers
  • The juveniles struck his car before Begic stepped out and was beaten
  • He suffered damage to his head, abdomen and face and was taken to St Louis University Hospital, where he later died
  • His wife says he pulled her out the way so he would be beaten
  • St Louis police detained two suspects aged 15 and 16 – they are searching for two others
  • Police said Begic was not targeted for being Bosnian and did not say if there was a connection to unrest after Ferguson grand jury decision

By Pete D’amato for MailOnline

Published: 00:31 EST, 1 December 2014

 

A gang of teenagers used hammers to beat a newlywed to death in front of his wife and friend after they attacked his car early on Sunday morning in an apparently random attack.

Zemir Begic was heading home from a bar at 1:15 a.m in St Louis when a group of teenagers surrounded his car and began banging on it.

The 32-year-old stepped out of the vehicle, only to be yelled at and set upon with hammers, striking him in the head, abdomen and face and leaving him fatally injured.

Killing: Police said that Zemir Begic was driving in Bevo Mill early Sunday morning when a group of juveniles surrounded his car and began banging on it, beating him when he stepped out

Targeted: Teens clashed with Begic after attacking his car, pictured. They then turned on him beating him to death

He was unconscious when police arrived  – he was taken to St Louis University Hospital, where he later died.

His wife of six months Arijana Mujkanovic said: ‘The last thing he did before he actually died was pull me out of the way and put himself in front of me, basically giving up his life for me.’

‘That is out of anger because he doesn’t deserve this and most of these people don’t even know him,’ she told KSDK.

His wife of six months Arijana Mujkanovic (pictured) said: ‘The last thing he did before he actually died was pull me out of the way and put himself in front of me, basically giving up his life for me’

Bosnian man beaten to death with hammers in St. Louis

Suad Nuranjkovic, 49, said Begic was driving and he was in the passenger seat when a group of at least five teens started banging on the car.

‘I was afraid that if one of them had a gun, they were going to shoot me, so I didn’t know what to do,’ Nuranjkovic said.

He fled to a parking lot across the street.

‘The picture is in my head, what I saw,’ he said.

‘I don’t know why this is happening to Bosnians. We could go around and shoot people, too, but we just want peace.’

A tribute to Begic put on a wall near where he was murdered at the weekend

He was taken to St Louis University Hospital, where he later died from his horrific injuries

Two males, ages 15 and 16, were taken into custody – police say they know the identity of a third teen they suspect was involved.

The suspects are described as being a group of Hispanic and black males by the St Louis Post-Dispatch.

The attack was not related to Ferguson protests taking place in the city, police say.

On Sunday evening, members of the Bosnian community protested Bejic’s death in Bevo Hill, and raised the possibility that Begic, who came to the US in 1996, had been killed because of he was Bosnian.

Senseless: The attack was not related to Ferguson protests taking place in the city, police say

Anger: Members of the Bosnian community marched in anger at the killing on Sunday. Police have reassured residents the attack wasn’t a hate crime but it has done little to appease outrage

Tributes laid at the scene of Begic’s death – investigators are still searching for a motive

The protesters, who numbered about 50, said another member of their community was murdered in 2013, when an armed robber killed Haris Gogic, 19, in his family’s store.

‘There is no indication that the gentleman last night was targeted because he was Bosnian,’ Police Chief Sam Dotson told the crowd.

‘There’s no indication that they knew each other.’

Seldin Dzananoic, 24, said he was accosted by a group of teens with hammers on the same street about an hour before Begic was attacked, but was able to fight them off with only minor injuries.

‘I’m just lucky,’ he said. ‘God is on my side.’

Fleeing violence: Begic’s sister said the family immigrated to the United States while fleeing violence in Bosnia and never imagined Begic would be murdered in the US

The suspects are described as being a group of Hispanic and black males by the St Louis Post-Dispatch . Pictured: Begic with friends in a photo posted on Facebook

The family emigrated from Bosnia to the United States in 1996 and eventually settled in Waterloo, Iowa, said Begic’s sister from her home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Pictured: Begic with friends in a photo posted on Facebook

Dotson said foot patrols would be stepped up in the area as well.

According to his Facebook profile, Begic worked for a removals company.

A GoFundMe page that had raised just shy of $5,000 will help cover the costs of Begic’s funeral, which is set to be held in Iowa, Begic’s sister Denisa said.

The family emigrated from Bosnia to the United States in 1996 and eventually settled in Waterloo, Iowa, said Begic’s sister from her home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

‘He loved America,’ she said.

‘We come from Bosnia because we were getting killed and our homes and families were getting destroyed. Never in my life did I think he would get murdered.’

Begic had lived in Arizona as well before moving to St Louis, and had married his wife only months before his murder.

With a population estimated to be around 70,000, St Louis has the largest community of Bosnians outside of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Gang of teens beat St Louis motorist to death with hammers in front of his wife after he got out to confront them when they attacked his car

  • Zemir Begic, 32, was surrounded by a group of teens wielding hammers
  • The juveniles struck his car before Begic stepped out and was beaten 
  • He suffered damage to his head, abdomen and face and was taken to St Louis University Hospital, where he later died  
  • His wife says he pulled her out the way so he would be beaten  
  • St Louis police detained two suspects aged 15 and 16 – they are searching for two others
  • Police said Begic was not targeted for being Bosnian and did not say if there was a connection to unrest after Ferguson grand jury decision 

A gang of teenagers used hammers to beat a newlywed to death in front of his wife and friend after they attacked his car early on Sunday morning in an apparently random attack.

Zemir Begic was heading home from a bar at 1:15 a.m in St Louis when a group of teenagers surrounded his car and began banging on it.

The 32-year-old stepped out of the vehicle, only to be yelled at and set upon with hammers, striking him in the head, abdomen and face and leaving him fatally injured.

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Killing: Police said that Zemir Begic was driving in Bevo Mill early Sunday morning when a group of juveniles surrounded his car and began banging on it, beating him when he stepped out

Killing: Police said that Zemir Begic was driving in Bevo Mill early Sunday morning when a group of juveniles surrounded his car and began banging on it, beating him when he stepped out

Targeted: Teens clashed with Begic after attacking his car, pictured. They then turned on him beating him to death

Targeted: Teens clashed with Begic after attacking his car, pictured. They then turned on him beating him to death

He was unconscious when police arrived  – he was taken to St Louis University Hospital, where he later died.

His wife of six months Arijana Mujkanovic said: ‘The last thing he did before he actually died was pull me out of the way and put himself in front of me, basically giving up his life for me.’

‘That is out of anger because he doesn’t deserve this and most of these people don’t even know him,’ she told KSDK.

His wife of six months Arijana Mujkanovic (pictured) said: 'The last thing he did before he actually died was pull me out of the way and put himself in front of me, basically giving up his life for me'

His wife of six months Arijana Mujkanovic (pictured) said: ‘The last thing he did before he actually died was pull me out of the way and put himself in front of me, basically giving up his life for me’

Bosnian man beaten to death with hammers in St. Louis

Suad Nuranjkovic, 49, said Begic was driving and he was in the passenger seat when a group of at least five teens started banging on the car.

‘I was afraid that if one of them had a gun, they were going to shoot me, so I didn’t know what to do,’ Nuranjkovic said.

He fled to a parking lot across the street.

‘The picture is in my head, what I saw,’ he said.

‘I don’t know why this is happening to Bosnians. We could go around and shoot people, too, but we just want peace.’

A tribute to Begic put on a wall near where he was murdered at the weekend 

A tribute to Begic put on a wall near where he was murdered at the weekend

He was taken to St Louis University Hospital, where he later died from his horrific injuries

Two males, ages 15 and 16, were taken into custody – police say they know the identity of a third teen they suspect was involved.

The suspects are described as being a group of Hispanic and black males by the St Louis Post-Dispatch.

The attack was not related to Ferguson protests taking place in the city, police say.

On Sunday evening, members of the Bosnian community protested Bejic’s death in Bevo Hill, and raised the possibility that Begic, who came to the US in 1996, had been killed because of he was Bosnian.

Senseless: The attack was not related to Ferguson protests taking place in the city, police say

Senseless: The attack was not related to Ferguson protests taking place in the city, police say

Anger: Members of the Bosnian community marched in anger at the killing on Sunday. Police have reassured residents the attack wasn't a hate crime but it has done little to appease outrage

Anger: Members of the Bosnian community marched in anger at the killing on Sunday. Police have reassured residents the attack wasn’t a hate crime but it has done little to appease outrage

Tributes laid at the scene of Begic's death - investigators are still searching for a motive

Tributes laid at the scene of Begic’s death – investigators are still searching for a motive

The protesters, who numbered about 50, said another member of their community was murdered in 2013, when an armed robber killed Haris Gogic, 19, in his family’s store.

‘There is no indication that the gentleman last night was targeted because he was Bosnian,’ Police Chief Sam Dotson told the crowd.

‘There’s no indication that they knew each other.’

Seldin Dzananoic, 24, said he was accosted by a group of teens with hammers on the same street about an hour before Begic was attacked, but was able to fight them off with only minor injuries.

‘I’m just lucky,’ he said. ‘God is on my side.’

Fleeing violence: Begic's sister said the family immigrated to the United States while fleeing violence in Bosnia and never imagined Begic would be murdered in the US

Fleeing violence: Begic’s sister said the family immigrated to the United States while fleeing violence in Bosnia and never imagined Begic would be murdered in the US

The suspects are described as being a group of Hispanic and black males by the St Louis Post-Dispatch . Pictured: Begic with friends in a photo posted on Facebook

The suspects are described as being a group of Hispanic and black males by the St Louis Post-Dispatch . Pictured: Begic with friends in a photo posted on Facebook

The family emigrated from Bosnia to the United States in 1996 and eventually settled in Waterloo, Iowa, said Begic's sister from her home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Pictured: Begic with friends in a photo posted on Facebook

The family emigrated from Bosnia to the United States in 1996 and eventually settled in Waterloo, Iowa, said Begic’s sister from her home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Pictured: Begic with friends in a photo posted on Facebook

Dotson said foot patrols would be stepped up in the area as well.

According to his Facebook profile, Begic worked for a removals company.

A GoFundMe page that had raised just shy of $5,000 will help cover the costs of Begic’s funeral, which is set to be held in Iowa, Begic’s sister Denisa said.

The family emigrated from Bosnia to the United States in 1996 and eventually settled in Waterloo, Iowa, said Begic’s sister from her home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

‘He loved America,’ she said.

‘We come from Bosnia because we were getting killed and our homes and families were getting destroyed. Never in my life did I think he would get murdered.’

Begic had lived in Arizona as well before moving to St Louis, and had married his wife only months before his murder.

With a population estimated to be around 70,000, St Louis has the largest community of Bosnians outside of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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