Suspect In Murders Of 3, Including 9-Year-Old Girl, Shouts Black Lives Matter Slogan When Handcuffed

Suspect In Murders Of 3, Including 9-Year-Old Girl, Shouts Black Lives Matter Slogan When Handcuffed

A Florida triple murder suspect appeared to invoke a phrase associated with Black Lives Matter when police arrested him, shouting, “I can’t breathe” as he was handcuffed by police.

Keith Moses, 19, allegedly shot his acquaintance Nathacha Augustin, 38, in Orlando as they sat in a car. Hours later, Florida photographer Jesse Walden and Spectrum News 13 reporter Dylan Lyons, 24, who was engaged to be married, were reporting from the crime scene when Moses returned and allegedly shot Lyons to death and wounded Walden. Moses then went to the home of 9-year-old T’yonna Major and her mother, where he allegedly shot the girl to death and wounded her mother.

When police deputies captured him, video shows Moses refusing commands to get on the ground before deputies tackled him.

“’They’re killing me! They’re killing me! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Moses shouted as deputies placed him in handcuffs.

“I can’t breathe!” was a slogan associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. The phrase originated with Eric Garner, who died in 2014 after a confrontation with a New York City police officer. George Floyd, who also became a BLM icon after his death in 2020 at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, also uttered the phrase more than a dozen times while he was being subdued.

According to Orange County Sheriff John Mina, the deputies seized a Glock semiautomatic weapon from Moses that “was still hot to the touch, meaning it had just been fired, and there were no more rounds.” Police said Moses later attacked hospital staff and pretended to be asleep to avoid being interviewed by police.

“I turn around because I’m like, ‘Oh, there must be a drive-by shooting going on.’ I see he’s shooting at me,” Walden said from the hospital. “I assumed he was shooting at a house or something behind me and I just happened to catch a bullet. But he kept shooting at me.”

Walden said his slain co-worker was dedicated to journalism and justice.

“Dylan was a very, very wholesome person,” Walden said. “’Like, he had a great sense of humor too. He had a very strong sense of justice. He would really want everyone to follow the rules when it came to people with power.”

“Dylan was a reporter I worked with every day,” Walden continued. “We were best friends. He was just a sweet guy. He was young and he loved trying hard. That’s what we like to do. We like to push the boundaries. We like to get our hands dirty. It’s just unprovoked, senseless, random violence that no one could’ve saw coming.”

The deaths left the victims’ loved ones shattered.

“Senseless violence has taken the life of my little girl, T’yonna Major,” the little girl’s father wrote. “She was a light to everyone that knew her. She was everything to us. She was a great student at the top of her 3rd grade class and reading at a 5th grade level. She was outgoing as well as an amazing gymnast. As her teachers would say, ‘The next Gabby Douglas.’”

Lyons’ fiancée, Casey Lynn, wrote, “The love of my life was murdered. I will never be the same again.”

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