Police: New Father Killed After Defending Black Friend From Man Who Called Him the N-Word

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A White Pennsylvania man was shot and killed allegedly by a man who was calling his Black friend racial slurs, HuffPost reports.

York County sheriff police said Chad Merrill, 25, was at the bar Red Rose Restaurant and Lounge on Saturday when James Saylor, 24, allegedly shot him.

Owners of the bar tossed Saylor out after he used racial epithets toward Jerrell Douglas, a Black man, according to HuffPost.

Douglas told York Daily Record that Saylor told him, “Who let these n**gers into the bar?”

He responded with an “Excuse me?” before Saylor said, “We don’t let n**gers in here.”

The Associated Press obtained surveillance video of Saylor going into his truck and firing a shot at the building before Merrill walked outside and approached Saylor, who allegedly shot Merrill in the chest, according to police.

Witnesses said Merrill was not hostile toward Saylor right before his death, per The AP.

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Saylor was arrested and charged with one count of criminal homicide and was denied bail, The Washington Post reports.

“Every family has that one member who is a beacon of light and shines a little brighter [than] most people. That was our Chad,” Merrill’s brother Randy Merrill told HuffPost. “You could count on him for anything . . . None of us are surprised that he went out being a hero.”

Merrill was the father of a 4-month-old baby boy.

“As a new father myself, what hurts the most is that his son, who was born just two months after mine, will never know his dad,” his brother told HuffPost. “He brought out the best in everyone . . . I will forever be proud of him.”

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