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Suspected Fresno rampage killer may have threatened Trump on social media

Shooting suspect recorded music video earlier this year

Kori Ali Muhammad, accused of killing three people in a shooting rampage Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in Fresno had recorded at least two HipHop or Rap albums. The video for one show Muhammad in west Fresno. This is an abbreviated version of one record
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Kori Ali Muhammad, accused of killing three people in a shooting rampage Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in Fresno had recorded at least two HipHop or Rap albums. The video for one show Muhammad in west Fresno. This is an abbreviated version of one record

A man suspected of murdering four people in Fresno – including three during a Tuesday-morning rampage – apparently had an active online presence, including two digital rap albums and several social media accounts that posted racially charged threats aimed at President Donald Trump. Last month, the suspect also posted a music video containing lyrics about shooting “white devils.”

A Facebook page and Twitter account apparently belonging to Kori Ali Muhammad have multiple pictures referencing “destroying these grafted white devil skunks.” Another Facebook page with a display name of Kori MacSon McWallace, which court documents confirm is Muhammad’s alias, shares many of the same posts.

The McWallace Facebook account includes a post from Dec. 20 that reads: “U.S. Virgin Islands, 17 trillion in immediate material wealth, and 25 years of support.” The Twitter notes several times that if these demands aren’t met, natural disasters will be increased by 88-fold. The accounts have each posted various weather reports.

One such tweet from March 23 is addressed to “Skunk Trump.”

As news of the shooting spread Tuesday, the Facebook account bearing Muhammad’s name was flooded with angry, profanity-laced comments attacking the accused shooter. Jay Harvell said: “This looks less like terrorism and more like a hate crime. Bury him under the jail.”

The posts also link to an iTunes page named B-God Mac Sun, which has pictures of Muhammad and two albums apparently recorded by the suspected killer. One song – “Asiatic Black God” – also makes reference to white devils.

Muhammad also had a YouTube account with several videos. On March 13, he posted a music video for a song called “U Gone Need Me.” It shows Muhammad lip-syncing to the camera while walking across railroad tracks. The wall behind him is covered in graffiti and mentions Fresno.

I’d never seen Kori crying before, well not since he’s been grown. He told me he was going out of town and would be gone for a while and he hugged me.

Glenestene Taylor, 81, of Fresno, recounting her Sunday visit with her grandson, alleged killer Kori Ali Muhammad

At one point in the video, Muhammad mouths the lyrics: “Demanding justice for the murders of my black kin; Hollow points make a white devil body spin.”

Muhammad’s interest in music included a locally produced talk show he put together at the Community Media Access Collaborative.

CMAC is a nonprofit organization created to help other local groups, independent producers, schools, public agencies and others better connect with the community through the use of media. Anyone who goes through CMAC training has access to the studios and equipment.

There are four episodes of “Mastermind Time” on the CMAC website that feature interviews with local musicians and a variety of health topics. They were produced between May 12, 2015, and Oct. 10, 2016.

Bryan Harley, CMAC director of operations, said that Muhammad had been using the CMAC facilities to produce the shows for a couple of years and was always “kind and curious” to the staff.

Grandmother speaks

Glenestene Taylor, 81, of Fresno said Muhammad, her grandson, visited her Sunday and was crying when he left. He told her nothing about the Motel 6 shooting.

“I’d never seen Kori crying before, well not since he’s been grown,” she said. “He told me he was going out of town and would be gone for a while and he hugged me.”

She said she knew nothing about her grandson’s problems until he was named the suspect in the shootings on Tuesday.

Muhammad went by the name Kori Taylor while attending elementary and junior high school in Fresno before moving to Sacramento to live with his mother, Glenestene Taylor said.

Staff writer Rick Bentley contributed to this story. Rory Appleton: 559-441-6015, @RoryDoesPhonics

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