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Man begs forgiveness at bond hearing for Nazi vandalism, shooting attack on Black Michigan family’s home

Eddie Hall Jr. and his wife Candace stand in front of the broken front window of their Warren, Mich., home, on Sept. 10, 2020.
Eddie Hall Jr. and his wife Candace stand in front of the broken front window of their Warren, Mich., home, on Sept. 10, 2020. (David Guralnick/Detroit News)

WARREN, MICH. — A 24-year-old white man accused of firing shots into the home of a Black suburban Detroit family who put a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window asked for forgiveness during a court hearing Thursday.

Michael Frederick Jr. made the remarks after being given a moment to speak about bond. He was appearing by video in Warren District Court for arraignment on charges including ethnic intimidation.

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Frederick told Judge Michael Chupa that he wanted Eddie and Candace Hall to forgive him and that he acted out-of-character.

“This wasn’t about the color of anyone’s skin,” he added.

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Chupa told him a couple of times not to discuss the case. The judge entered not guilty pleas on behalf of Frederick for each count and set his bond at $200,000. Frederick requested a court-appointed lawyer.

A court conference was set for Oct. 13 and Frederick’s preliminary examination is scheduled for Oct. 20.

Candace Hall stands in front of racist graffiti written on her truck in front of her Warren, Mich., home on Sept. 10, 2020.
Candace Hall stands in front of racist graffiti written on her truck in front of her Warren, Mich., home on Sept. 10, 2020. (David Guralnick/Detroit News)

On Sept. 7, shots were fired at the Halls' home in Warren. Two days later, someone painted a swastika on one of their vehicles, slashed the tires and threw a large stone through their front window. Outside, they discovered the swastika and found that someone had written “terrorist Black Lives Matter,” “not welcome” and a phrase containing an expletive on their pickup truck.

The following day, someone fired a bullet through the Halls' front window and police found six shell casings outside the house.

A neighbor’s home surveillance video showed a masked and hooded man carrying what appears to be a handgun outside the Halls' home. Frederick, who lives in the Halls' neighborhood, was arrested Tuesday and confessed, Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer told reporters Wednesday.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said at a news conference that the man lives with his parents in the neighborhood and that he confessed to the shooting and acts of vandalism targeting that family, as well as writing “pedophile” on a garage door a few blocks away.

“Clearly, they got the bad guy and the bad guy in this case was a racist terrorist,” Warren Mayor James Fouts said Wednesday while lauding police efforts in the case. “In this city, we do not tolerate any type of crime, but particularly racist terrorism. Make no mistake about it, this was a racist terrorist.”

Eddie Hall, 52, said his family has lived in Warren for about six years. The family has not removed the Black Lives Matter sign.

“Right now, the Black lives are being targeting,” said Candace Hall, 55. “We put the sign up because we matter, too.”

She said other neighbors have been a source of comfort.

“Hate brings no good to anyone,” she said. “We hate no one. We live in a neighborhood that’s really diverse. We love our neighbors. Our neighbors love us. All of our neighbors surrounded us with encouragement and love.”

Corey Williams contributed

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