New Black Panther Party leader Quanell X claims 18-year-old murder suspect Esterrell Simpson confessed to the crime when he went to visit her in prison.
Simpson was arrested and charged with the brutal murder of 30-year-old Carlos Hernandez, an immigrant from El Salvador, who was beaten and set on fire April 12. According to detectives, the crime was gang-motivated as part of an initiation for Simpson and another assailant to the Black Disciples street gang in Houston. Police believe Hernandez was randomly chosen as the victim.
“This was planned,” said Quanell X after speaking with Simpson in prison. “She began to describe to me how she was recording it on her phone while they were beating him and while he was on fire.”
Surveillance footage from the day of the murder shows Simpson walking with two men, one of which has been identified as 24-year-old Maurice Eugene Hollis. Moments later, Simpson and the other two men allegedly attacked Hernandez, who they had never met before, and set him on fire.
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“She said they were all Black Disciple gang members,” said Quanell X to KHOU. “She said one of them was a Blood, who had just become a Black Disciple gang member and this was part of her initiation and his.”
Hollis has been charged with murder as well, and detectives are currently searching for the third man involved in the attack.
Hernandez’s body is still in police custody, and the family is meanwhile attempting to raise $4,000 to send his remains back to his mother in El Salvador.