According to investigators the teen was buying a soda after getting off from a late shift, and had his back turned when Adams came up behind him and stabbed him in the neck.
Walking near the scene of the crime, an officer noticed that Adams had a pocket knife and blood on his body.
According to police reports, Adams approached the teen inside the store at 1:42am stabbed him and then slit his throat with a pocketknife. The boy died at the hospital from his injuries shortly afterward.
Police stopped Adams as he walked away from the store. Adams, 27, told them he had felt threatened by the rap music coming from Al-Amin's vehicle. According to the police statement, he said that "people who listen to rap music are a threat to him and the community".
"He told police he himself had been attacked in the past by people "...who listen to rap music", so he made a decision to be "proactive rather than reactive", the outlet reported.
Some people on Twitter are calling the crime a hate crime. A hashtag #JusticeforElijah emerged on Twitter, where many users said he was the victim of a hate crime, including 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker.
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It was not immediately clear if Adams, who was released from prison two days before the stabbing, had retained a criminal defense attorney. She insisted he had "no way to care for himself" when he was released from prison for committing assault 48 hours prior to the incident.
The Arizona Department of Corrections told KPNX that Adams had not been classified as seriously mentally ill, and was provided with contact information for resources in the community after he was released from prison on July 2.
Adams is being held on $1 million bond. They said the suspect's mental health was no excuse for such a heinous act. However, being disabled or mentally ill does not make you a white supremacist.
"I got a call from [Al-Amin's] father, saying, 'Something'g wrong, this is not like Elijah, he's not home yet, '" Elijah's mother Serina Rides said. He had recently expressed interest in hotel management, perhaps inspired by his paternal grandfather, who owned hotels.
The witnesses told police that Al-Amin hadn't done or said anything to provoke the attack. He saw his son through the windows, cleaning up.
Adams, 27, modified into as soon as arrested quickly after the incident took build, and he mercurial admitted to killing Al-Amin over the rap tune because of it made him genuinely feel "unsafe". He spent all night trying to find him, and learned that he had been killed around dawn.
Hours later, Al-Amin grew anxious when his son had not returned home and was not answering his phone.