Police and the Halls believe the person responsible for the shootings and property destruction took issue with the “Black Lives Matter” sign in the home’s front window.

Police and the Halls believe the person responsible for the shootings and property destruction took issue with the “Black Lives Matter” sign in the home’s front window.

Photo by Brian Louwers


Suspect sought in hate crimes targeting Black family in Warren

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published September 11, 2020

 Anyone with information about the suspect seen in this surveillance image can reach Warren police at (586) 574-4700.

Anyone with information about the suspect seen in this surveillance image can reach Warren police at (586) 574-4700.

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 Eddie and Candace Hall spoke to reporters on Sept. 11 to address a series of what appear to be racially-motivated attacks at their home on Tallman Avenue.

Eddie and Candace Hall spoke to reporters on Sept. 11 to address a series of what appear to be racially-motivated attacks at their home on Tallman Avenue.

Photo by Brian Louwers

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“I have to stand up for not just that movement, but for every Black individual that is a part of that movement and for everyone that wants to live in a middle class area in peace like every other person. We just want to be able to live together in peace a

Candace Hall, Warren resident

WARREN — Eddie and Candace Hall met in the U.S. Army and each served their country for more than a decade. They’ve lived in Warren for six years and said they’ve always tried to help their neighbors.

Warren police have now offered a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for a series of incidents that have, according to Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer, “all the elements of a hate crime” at the family’s home on Tallman Avenue near 11 Mile and Hoover roads.

Their property was targeted three times over a span of four nights this month. While the neighborhood was described as diverse and peaceful, police and the Halls believe someone took issue with the “Black Lives Matter” sign in the front window of the Black family’s home.

Dwyer said the series of “disgusting” and “unacceptable” attacks began with gunfire at about 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 7.

“An unidentified male suspect arrived at the home armed with a gun. The suspect then fired four rounds at the home, striking a truck in front of the home,” Dwyer said at a press conference on Sept. 10. “Both neighbors and the family heard what they believed were gunshots. However, they did not realize that someone had actually fired at their home at the time.”

What happened became a little clearer the following morning, when the Halls found that their truck’s tire was flat, pierced by a bullet.

The next night, on Sept. 9, police believe the same suspect returned to smash the home’s picture window and slash the tires on three vehicles parked in the street and driveway. The motive was made even more clear by words scrawled in marker on their white truck: “Black Lives Matter” and “Not Welcome,” accompanied by a swastika.

Despite news reports about the incident and the ongoing Warren police investigation, police believe the same brazen suspect returned again at about 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 to fire a shot through another front window pane with a 9mm handgun. Dwyer said the perpetrator again fled on foot, firing another shot as he left.

The Halls and their two teenage children were home during the first two incidents.

“It’s disturbing, it’s upsetting and it’s unacceptable,” Dwyer said.

He added, “This is serious stuff. We’re talking about more than just painting certain stuff on a car.”

Speaking to reporters on Sept. 11, Eddie Hall, 52, said he’d never had any problems with anyone in his neighborhood.

“We’re good Christians, a good Christian family, good background of loving the Lord, treating everybody right,” Eddie Hall said.

“For something to happen like this, it’s a violation of my rights. My only safety place is at home. When I get done with work, I go home. I go home to relax, sit with my wife, talk with my kids and have family time. For somebody to do what they’re doing now is unacceptable,” Eddie Hall added.

Candace Hall, 54, said the family members are “forgiving people” and that she wanted whoever shot at the home to know they “forgive him already.”

“We’re not really sure who this individual is, but he’s very upset about my sign in the window, my Black Lives Matter sign,” Candace Hall said. “I’m not going to take it out of the window because every day I leave the house, I’m wearing Black Lives Matter. I am Black. That’s not going to change.

“I have to stand up for not just that movement, but for every Black individual that is a part of that movement and for everyone that wants to live in a middle class area in peace like every other person. We just want to be able to live together in peace and harmony, and in our neighborhood we do. In our neighborhood, we help each other. We cut each other’s grass,” Candace Hall said.

Dwyer said the related Warren Police Department investigation was the top priority and that detectives were in communication with the FBI about possible federal hate crime charges.

Anyone with information about the incidents on Tallman Avenue near 11 Mile and Hoover roads can reach the Warren Police Department at (586) 574-4700. Tips can be submitted anonymously.

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