The change may not have necessarily done him good or inspired him to be better. A former neo-Nazi man from Florida killed his neo-Nazi roommates after he converted to Islam, and felt that they did not respect his new faith.
Islam convert Devon Arthurs even led police officers on Friday to the bodies of his former friends whom he murdered. Before that, he is also being accused of holding hostage two customers and an employee of Tampa’s Green Planet Smoke Shop with a pistol before surrendering to the authorities.
Victims have been identified by the police as Jeremy Himmelman, 22, and Andrew Oneschuk, 18, who were discovered dead due to gunshot wounds to the upper body and head.
Arthurs revealed that he used to share neo-Nazii beliefs with his two friends but that changed when he converted to Islam. The admitted killer said that his roommates “disrespected his Muslim faith.” Arthurs also claimed he was upset about global anti-Muslim sentiments and wanted to call attention to “his cause.”
Arthurs faces charges of two counts of murder, two counts of aggravated assault and three counts of armed kidnapping.
The authorities have not given details yet as to how long the three friends lived together and how much time has passed between Arthurs’s conversion to Islam and the murders of Himmelman and Oneschuk.
Police have also arrested another man, Brandon Russel, but did not specify the likely charges he’s going to face. Russel had been another roommate of Arthurs. The Daily News reported that he had violated federal explosives laws.
Russel had just returned from his Army National Guard training on Friday to discover their two dead roommates. He was arrested a day later while driving around the Florida Keys.
Authorities have found bomb-making materials when they searched Russel’s house and garage. His arrest affidavit also says that he had a framed photo of right-wing terrorist Timothy McVeigh in his bedroom and claimed to be from the neo-Nazi group Atom Waffen. Russel explained the presence of explosive materials were for an engineering project he did in 2013. Arrthurs claimed, however, that Russel had been chatting in neo-Nazi chat rooms and saying that he had “threatened to kill people and bomb infrastructure.”