Robert Barnes, 51, died on Wednesday after being in a coma since an April 7 beating by a mob of Black people who attacked him at a Philadelphia area gas station with a hammer, a chair leg, mace and stomped on his head with their feet.
Barnes was homeless. His sister Diane told the Philadelphia Inquirer her brother was not a veteran, contrary to other reports.
The Gateway Pundit reported in April on the attack on Barnes.
Security camera video recorded April 7, 2015 beating of Robert Barnes, image via Twitter.
The attack occurred after a young boy falsely accused Barnes of hitting him while the two were begging at the gas station by offering to pump gas.
A description of the attack was reported by the Inquirer in April.
“Footage from the station’s surveillance camera shows the group running from the minivan toward the victim, with the boy’s mother, 34-year-old Aleathea Gillard, swinging the rocking chair leg, police said. A close family friend, Shareena Joachim, 24, carried the Mace, they say.
“Joachim was the first to reach the man as he stood by the door of the station’s convenience store. She tried to spray the Mace in his eyes – but missed, hitting someone in her group instead, police said.
“As she backed off, Gillard and others moved in.
“Gillard swung the chair leg into the victim’s head and face, hitting him over and over, until the chair leg broke over his head, police said. One woman beat the victim with what police believe is a hammer. Two juveniles, police said, stomped and kicked him in the head.
“As the group pulled back, Joachim pulled the boy by his red-and-yellow jacket toward the victim, let him look, and then ushered him back into the van before it pulled away.”
Robert Barnes, image by Diane Barnes via the Inquirer.
The Inquirer reported on the status of those charged on the beating.
“Aleathea Gillard, 34, Shareena Joachim, 23, and Kaisha Duggins, 24, have been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy, and other crimes in the attack.
“Three juveniles – two are Gillard’s children and the third a friend – also were charged. They pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy charges in June, and were sentenced the following month to juvenile treatment facilities.
“Prosecutors have said that if Barnes died, all six would face murder charges.
“In September, all three women rejected a deal from the District Attorney’s Office for a guilty plea in exchange for prison terms of seven to 14 years. They have been unable to post bail and still are in custody.”