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Former Florida Neo-Nazi who converted to Islam, kills roommates for not respecting religion

May 23, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Florida Neo-Nazi who converted to Islam, kills roommates for not respecting religion

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A man in Florida murdered his fellow neo-Nazi roommates after he became a Muslim and they did not recognize his new religion, according to police.

Devon Arthurs led police to the remains of his former friends on Friday, but not before he also held two customers and an employee of Tampa’s Green Planet Smoke Shop hostage with a gun before he surrendered to authorities.

Jeremy Himmelman, 22, and Andrew Oneschuk, 18, were found dead of gunshot wounds to the head and upper body.

Arthurs said that he and his roommates had “shared a neo-Nazi belief,” but that he recently changed his religion to Islam, the New York Daily News reported.

The killer indicated that Himmelman and Oneschuk “disrespected his faith,” and added that he was angry about anti-Muslim feelings internationally and wanted to bring awareness to “his cause.”

Athurs also allegedly held three people hostage at a Tampa smoke shop. (GOOGLE)

It is not clear how long the three had lived together or how much time passed between Arthurs’s change in faith and the murders.

Arthurs is facing charges that include two counts of murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and three counts of armed kidnapping.

Officials also said that another man, Brandon Russell, had been arrested, but did not discuss his crimes.

A federal complaint indicated that Russell was another one of Arthurs’ roommates and that he had broken federal explosives laws.

Russell had just come home from Army National Guard training on Friday to find the two victims, and was arrested the next day while driving through the Florida Keys.

Federal officials revealed that they discovered hexamethylene triperoxide diamine as well as other bomb-producing substances such as ammonium nitrate and the radioactive elements thorium and americium during an inspection of Russell’s residence and garage.

Russell, who purportedly had a framed picture of right-wing terrorist Timothy McVeigh in his room and claimed to be from the neo-Nazi organization Atom Waffen, said that the explosive material was for an engineering project he completed in 2013.

However, Arthurs noted that his roommate had been conversing in neo-Nazi chat rooms and saying that he had “threatened to kill people.”

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