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Why Is Antonio West’s Murder Being Ignored, But ‘Justice For Trayvon Martin’ Isn’t?

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Facebook users are passing around an “Antonio West” meme, linked to the ongoing social media “Justice For Trayvon” campaign and seemingly presented to counter the “media narrative” about race, crime, and reporting.

The Antonio West story begins “you won’t recognize me… My name was Antonio West and I was the 13-month old child who was shot at point blank range by two teens who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot.”

Antonio West, or Antonio Santiago, was indeed a 13-month-old child shot to death earlier this year in Georgia, and it is also true that no protests, vigils, petitions, or other attention like that given the killing of Trayvon Martin have been lavished on the case.

If you’ve yet to see the Antonio West meme, this is how it is commonly shared:

“You won’t recognize me. My name was Antonio West and I was the 13-month old child who was shot at point blank range by two teens who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot. A Grand Jury of my mommy’s peers from Brunswick GA determined the teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty… too bad I was given a death sentence for being innocent and defenseless.”

It continues:

“My family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder was not ruled a Hate Crime. Nor did President Obama take so much as a single moment to acknowledge my murder.

“I am one of the youngest murder victims in our great Nation’s history, but the media doesn’t care to cover the story of my tragic demise, President Obama has no children who could possibly look like me – so he doesn’t care and the media doesn’t care because my story is not interesting enough to bring them ratings so they can sell commercial time slots.”

The idea that the Antonio West (or Antonio Santiago) case did not get attention is easily provably false — the story initially drew national level press coverage, and a near immediate arrest was made for two teens accused of the crime.

The meme continues:

“There is not a white equivalent of Al Sharpton because if there was he would be declared racist, so there is no one rushing to Brunswick GA to demand justice for me. There is no White Panther party to put a bounty on the lives of those who murdered me. I have no voice, I have no representation and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat innocently in my stroller – I no longer have my life.

“So while you are seeking justice for [Trayvon], please remember to seek justice for me too. Tell your friends about me, tell you families, get tee shirts with my face on them and make the world pay attention, just like you did for [Trayvon.]”

However, the material difference in the cases is significant — while George Zimmerman was known the night of the shooting to be Martin’s killer, he was not arrested. In the Antonio West case, the arrest of two black teens was immediate, and the boys were charged in the murder of West-Santiago right away. The protests at first over Trayvon Martin were due to a lack of arrest, and then again when Zimmerman was not convicted.

Facts have not gotten in the way of a good story, however, and even today, many tweet things like this:

Death and Taxes summed up the Antonio West outrage, saying:

“There would be people rushing there, I’m sure, if the perpetrators had gotten away with it. They haven’t. Case closed. It’s really not as though the justice system was all like ‘Oh, well, black people killing a white baby? That’s totally cool, we’ll just ignore that and not arrest anyone.’ No, they’re in jail, and again, they’re teenagers so they’re not eligible for the death penalty. That’s a Supreme Court decision, ok? You want to change that (I don’t), take it to the Supreme Court.”

But there’s even a bit more to the strange story of Antonio West and his tragic killing — while two black minors were arrested and charged, the case continues to play out in a strange way, with the parents of Antonio West Santiago also falling under suspicion in the unusual early in the day murder.

Ashley Glassey, 21, is the daughter of Antonio West’s mom, Sherry West. Sherry West has since called for the death penalty to be on the table for her baby’s accused killers, but Glassey has doubts that her mother is telling the truth.

A few months back, First Coast News reported that Glassey says her mom asked the night of the murder:

“How soon do you think life insurance policy will send me a check?”

(The audio of this statement is in the clip above.)

Glassey, who says Antonio West’s mom has been diagnosed with more than one severe mental illness, stated at the time:

“She changed her story she told me the baby was shot first and then she told me she was shot first.”

Since Antonio West was shot, by two black teens allegedly, the baby’s mother and father have had significant issues legally and personally. Louis Santiago, Antonio’s dad, is in jail on charges of stalking and harassment in relation to Sherry West, who later said:

“He was throwing things through the window and terrorizing me, saying that I killed my baby and it should have been me.”

Neither Sherry West nor Louis Santiago are suspects in Antonio West’s murder. But it was reported earlier this month that both parents were found to have gunshot residue on them the day of the shootings.

While Sherry West was present when Antonio West was shot, questions have been raised about why Santiago, a convicted felon, would also have gunpowder on his hands. Sherry West says it could have happened as he visited her at the hospital.

But as the Antonio West Facebook meme makes the rounds, before you pass it on, it’s worthwhile to examine the claims made and the case’s true parallels — because while West died very tragically, we wouldn’t “remember” Trayvon Martin either had an arrest occurred that night.

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47 Responses to “Why Is Antonio West’s Murder Being Ignored, But ‘Justice For Trayvon Martin’ Isn’t?”

  1. Anonymous

    I noticed you left out the actual ages of the killers, referring to them only as teenagers. So I looked it up and lo and behold one was 17. Almost 100% of the time there is a cold blooded killing such as this was, he would have been tried as an adult and subject to the death penalty.

    Furthermore, if the races were reversed in this case, the killing would have been presumed to be a hate crime (guilty until proven innocent. Not so here.

  2. Mike Fig

    It just goes to show what a sweet innocent young child can do.(isnt that what the media kept calling trayvon)

  3. Kim LaCapria

    The killing of Trayvon Martin was not considered a hate crime under any definition of any hate crime law…

  4. Michael Chancley

    They may want to update this story because gun residue was found on the mother's hands making her the suspect who told the fairytale about two scary Black men who killed her baby.

  5. Patricia Burks

    You are way behind on your 'facts', maybe instead of depending on the right wing propaganda sites you should look at real news sometime.

  6. Patricia Burks

    You are lost in the fog of the right lies, too bad for the sweet innocent parents aren't so innocent.

  7. Patricia Burks

    You are lost in the fog of the right lies, too bad for the sweet innocent parents aren't so innocent.

  8. Amy Ash

    Reading over the information about the suspected killers…Elkins, the older teen boy, had already been in trouble for another shooting and armed robbery. Also, when I looked up the information on "Who killed Antonio West?" on a Liberal site, it stated that the gun residue was a minor issue because it was probably transferred to the father's clothes by the mother. We need to stop pointing fingers and start working on healing. White killing black, black killing white…IT DOES NOT MATTER! One human is killing another human. The only reason race is brought into it is to sell news and political gain. Think about it. Who actually prospers? The media, politicians, and activists. Most don't even live in the areas greatly effected by high racial tensions. We should all be furious with those people using our loved ones, friends, family members as fodder to make a buck.

  9. Amy Ash

    The only REAL news is unbiased news. No right. No left. Just the facts.

  10. Amy Ash

    I agree, Thomas. If roles were reversed then it would automatically be labeled a hate crime. Just like with the Martin case. It wasn't a hate crime, but labeling it as such gives the Liberal media fuel to add to the fire, get Hollywood involved, and civil rights activists to help stir up more hate. Labeling it as a hate crime gives Liberal and black communities fuel to protest everything Southern and white. Just like how Paula Deen is being persecuted because she said a word THIRTY years ago about a black man who had a gun to her head. Now I wonder…how many black people have used derogatory words about white people over the last few weeks? Did anyone lose their job over it? There are racists on both sides, and neither one is right…just ignorant.

  11. Jewsarewatching Youall

    Look at your dumbass blind self. The facts are overwhelmingly in favor of the mothers story but you side with your own color mindlessly. Pieces of shit like you are the problem. Racist trash.

  12. Jewsarewatching Youall

    Look at your dumbass blind self. The facts are overwhelmingly in favor of the mothers story but you side with your own color mindlessly. Pieces of shit like you are the problem. Racist trash.

  13. Cleopatra Jones

    Read this. The daughter of Sherry West went to police and told them she suspected her MOTHER killed the baby. Remember, these teens had an alibi when this happened. The defense went to a judge to demand all the evidence that the police was surpressing. Both West and her boyfriend had residue on their hands of shooting a gun. Nothing states these boys did. Now West is saying her boyfriend shot a gun wildly while they were arguing. Again, facts are facts. Seems like these kids were FRAMED by this woman.

  14. Kim LaCapria

    Amy Ash Hate crime is a legal term that brings additional penalties. Please look it up and see Zimmerman was NOT CHARGED WITH A HATE CRIME so you are speaking nonsense.

  15. Anonymous

    Patricia Burks, what are you high? The parents killed this baby? If you were bending backward any farther you would fall down. The only cover up I have read is the shooter is black. That part of the story is hidden, funny that the first thing you hear about Zimmerman is that he is white when that is not completely true no more than Obama being white.

  16. Anonymous

    I see that you will defend Martin the same way you will defend the shooter here and say that the mother kill her own baby. Unlike Martin who was almost an adult we are talking about a baby here. He way the black shooter is going to claim self defense. But you don't have outrage here, it is scorn for the mother. Oh, is that rich or is this your idea of a joke?

  17. Jaime Sparr

    Ehhh, gun residue was found on the mother and father's *hands*… pretty damning. That, coupled with the comments made by West's daughter, and her extensive history of drug and child abuse… well, it warrants an investigation.

  18. Eric Starkes

    No, I never heard any new outlet call him that, sorry. I saw them post pics of him blowing smoke, calling him a thug, though.

  19. Anonymous

    Hey Mike, you forgot to mention that that the two black teenagers also had gun residue on their hands, and the younger suspect admitted the older boy SHOT the baby… stop living in a fantasy world,, they are black thugs with NO RESPECT for life!

  20. Anonymous

    You stupid fr, you right there is no comparison, this baby was not beating someone's head into a sidewalk. Of course the killer's were arrested from the start because it was not self defense!

  21. Anonymous

    Jaime Sparr Traitor to your own race bitch ! Gonna defend killer's of a baby you pathetic piece of crap.

  22. Ragnar Lothbrok

    Did you just read that from a NewsOne column or something? You are the one who is living the fairytale if you really believe those little black thugs had nothing to do with killing that baby. You forgot to mention that gun residue was also found De'Marquise Elkins' own hands, and the younger pickaninny perp who was with him even admitted that De'Marquise shot the baby.
    So you can take your filth and lies and shove them back down the hole they came from. All you have said shows your contempt for the fact that a white infant was, indeed, cruelly and senselessly murdered by a run-of-the-mill black teenage thug. And you also know that black teenage thugs are virtually the only ones out there who commit heinous crimes such as these. After all, when is the last time you heard of a 17 year old white boy walking up and shooting a baby of ANY color in the face?

  23. Ragnar Lothbrok

    Patricia Burks you have been drinking too much of the Liberal Kool Aid…….must've caused you to miss the part where evidence shows that gun powder residue was also found on De'Marquise Elkins' (the shooter's) hands. Oops.

    But I doubt that matters to you, though. You seem far more concerned with making excuses for yet another worthless, violent black thug, than showing an ounce's worth of concern for a dead white baby.

  24. De'Lorean St Laurent

    Amy Ash, Trayvon Martin wasn't consider a hate crime and if roles were reversed, this wouldn't be considered a hate crime either.
    A hate crime doesn't happen because those involved are of a different race. A hate crime is a crime that happened specifically because of the persons race, religion, sexuality, etc.
    Trayvon Martin was never a hate crime because even we agree that Trayvon was profiled, that doesn't mean the shooting or killing happened because we was black.
    This case is the same. If the shooter is white and the victim's in this case were black then the crime would still have financial motivation and wouldn't be a hate crime.

    And btw, black people are also tried and convicted for hate crimes. Not too long ago, I remember hearing a story about 9 black teenagers all tried and convicted for a hate crime against 3 middle aged white women in Long Beach, CA.

  25. Jose Ortiz

    Who ever wrote this story is extremely bias. It's amazing how the writer goes out of his way to demonize the family and start conspiracy theories. This person is dispicable.

  26. Michael Burns

    George Zimmerman should never have been arrested… he was defending himself. You wanna go all racial, be my guest, but the facts don't lie.

  27. Anonymous

    Lets here what Obama has to say about Antonio West! What comes around goes around Obama. It that will you.

  28. Sahara CultureEarth

    ha! SHe lied! But, boy these racists whites wanted this to be true soo bad! No! You are the racist murderers not us! wonder if that racist white heffer who speaks on FOX news will recant her remarks on this?

  29. Sahara CultureEarth

    umm turns out she lied.. can we move on? u racists lost this one.

  30. Anonymous

    Gun reside – gun schmesidue! I guess none of you caught the fact that the younger of the two teens has already ratted out the 17 year-old. The mom, aunt and sister lead the police to the gun that they tossed in trying to protect their own loved one.

    Gun reside is easily transferred from one person to another. The two teens didn't test positive because they had a couple of days – thanks to the interference of a corrupt county official – to clean themselves. Gun residue will fade on its own in a short time.

    Sure, some of the comments made by readers and in the "meme" lean a little towards the racist side. But where is all of the press? Where is Mr. Obama? And if these little angels were anywhere near innocent, don't you think we'd have seen or heard a "reverend" or two speak up for them?

    I live near where this horrific event folded. The trial was moved to near Atlanta, allegedly due to PRE-TRIAL PRESS AND EXPOSURE. Funny thing is, I have to Google extensively to find any coverage at all on this case at all.

    And Ms. Sparr – not very civilized of you to question someones level of literacy when they're only trying voice their opinion. An opinion, I might add that seems to be getting squashed by the media.

  31. Paolo Papa

    Jaime Sparr obviously doesn't know that gun residue can be transfered so easily just by contact. You also missed the fact that the relatives of the shooters were arrested because they were witholding information from the police, and that for some reason, they knew where the gun was…pretty damning.

  32. Don Cilurso

    Ann Okafor – Settle down there Ann…the parents are not murder suspects…gun shot residue is not damning..especially when the two were in contact with each other right after the shooting…GSR is easily transferred from one person to another…the cops did not bag the clothes which is what they should have done…all the evidence is pointing the other way…I like how you just take off and run there though…never mind the witnesses and the fact that De'marquis's family hid the murder weapon…which matched up…all the husband would have to do is hug her and get residue on him…she was shot twice so that explains the fact that she had it on her…GSR only lasts for 4-6 hours…don't you think they would have washed their hands if they shot the kid? Duhhhhh

  33. Don Cilurso

    Hey Sahara…where did you come up with that? Gunshot residue is easily transeferred from one person to another…she had it all over he because she was shot…all the father would have had to do was hug her…this info was released by the lawyers of the defense to stir up controversy…one little bit of circumstantial "evidence" and you are ready to convict her because she is white…nevermind that there are witnesses to the shooting and that the murder weapon was hidden by the teen's family…and please don't pretend that blacks aren't murdering whites out there…you are clearly jumping to conclusions because you want it to turn out a certain way…so what does that make you? Lets wait for the trial…

  34. Don Cilurso

    And here you are Patricia on a biased site already convicting the mother based on weak circumstance…there are several ways that gunshot residue gets on a person besides shooting a gun…GSR lasts 4-6 hours…she was shot twice and her baby once…she was giving CPR to her baby when they rolled up on her. Her husband was with her shortly after…It is guaranteed that they touched each other in that period of time…this is weak evidence at best…I'm gonna go with the witnesses who saw the shooting and the fact that the murder weapon was found after the teen's family threw it away and confessed as to where it was…as of right now the parents are not murder suspects…if the cops believed for a second that they did this, you can bet your ass they would be in chains right now…nobody likes baby killers…

  35. Don Cilurso

    Sarah – Lied about what? Because there was Gunshot Residue found on her and her husband? GSR lasts 4-6 hours and is easily transferred from one person to the next if they make physical contact…she was shot tice and was giving her baby CPR when the cops rolled up…her husband was with her shortly after…it is guaranteed that they touched each other in that period of time…there goes your theory…as for her daughter, sounds like a troubled family with a lot of dysfunction…just because her daughter may have a low opinion of her doesn't mean she killed her baby….I'm gonna go with the witnesses who saw the shooting and the murder weapon recovered after De'Marquis' family hid it…after all, it matches up…its also coming out now that another witness saw Elkin's rob and murder someone a week earlier…

  36. Marion Tharpe Moore

    Of course since the baby was white the media is going to post as many cover up stories as they can to put the blame on someone else.

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