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Antifa Spreads Hoax Claiming Homeless Man Who Died of Natural Causes Was Killed by Police

On Tuesday, Portland Antifa members posted on X claiming that a homeless man who was found dead in nearby Gresham on July 29 had been killed by police. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner has since revealed, however, that 46-year-old William Echols died of natural causes.

The Antifa accounts pushed their theory after Echols’ ex-partner, Donna Hayes, posted on Facebook claiming that one of her family members had been beaten to death by the cops. She is related to Quanice Hayes, the 17-year-old who was shot dead by police in 2017 after allegedly robbing a man while high on drugs and carrying a replica firearm.

“The kops did it again,” Hayes said. “They took out another one of my family member here in Portland. They beat him to death.”

Her post, which did not name Echols as the victim, received hundreds of reactions and was shared dozens of times.

On Tuesday evening, a number of prominent Antifa accounts, including one operated in part by notorious far-left intimidator Danialle Inez James, parroted Hayes’ claims and called for direct action.

“We’re about to show up,” RisingPDX posted. “Kops have … beat to death a member of Quanice Hayes family.”

“Alright, gear up,” another replied.

Elizabeth Renee Richter, who was recently a defendant in a civil trial brought forth by Andy Ngo, also appeared to spread the hoax.

It was only later that night that Echols’ name was dropped as the victim of what was believed to be another police beating.

On Wednesday, it was confirmed that he had died of natural causes.

“Investigators spoke to potential witnesses, reviewed surveillance video, and searched Echol’s vehicle pursuant to a signed search warrant,” Gresham Police said in a statement. “A Multnomah County deputy medical examiner responded to the scene and a full examination was subsequently performed. Detectives learned from the examination that Echols died of natural causes, specifically ‘gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.’ Detectives determined that the health event caused Echols to fall and hit his head on the ground in the parking lot, which caused the injury to his head.”

In the days following Echols’ death, a GoFundMe was set up by his daughter, Alexis, on behalf of her mother, his ex, Heather. In the description, Alexis said her dad had died as the result of a “sudden unknown medical emergency.”

“My dad didn’t have a lot to give but he was adventurous, smart, funny, and he loved us the best way he knew how,” she added. “We will use this money for funeral and memorial services and additional funds will go directly to his children.”

The GoFundMe has since raised nearly $4,500, with $135 coming in the days since Antifa spread the false claim that Echols was killed by police.

READ 13 COMMENTS
  • Stephen Webers says:

    Would SOMEBODY GET SOME BALLS and CRUSH THESE ANTIFA GOONS ONCE and FOR ALL!!!!!! MY GOD!!! MAKE IT LEGAL TO JUST KILL the SON OF A BITCHES!!!!

  • Larry Bowling says:

    Antifa and blm are both just gangs that will riot, beat, kill, burn and do anything else in order to keep the money flowing to them so that their leaders can buy very expensive cars and houses and just waste money as fast as they can. They do nothing to help black Americans, they are only doing this stuff so they can steal from businesses and not ever get prosecuted for it! Why do people support these gangs? They do it so they do not get caught up in the lawlessness and to keep the gangs away from them!
    WAKE UP AMERICA AND DEMAND THAT THESE LOOTERS AND KILLERS GET THE JUSTICE THAT THEY DESERVE – JAIL TIME FOR ALL OR CONTINUE TO IGNORE THE PROBLEM!!!

  • Michael says:

    So when is Facebook going to label his death by police brutality as misinformation? When are they going to ban ANTIFA for spreading misinformation?

  • Terri says:

    Antifa is a left liberal organization that is corrupt and in short misleading the black community. They have done nothing for any community except reap havoc and destruction while making up lies and inciting riots

  • JJ says:

    Antifa are the thugs of the Democrat Party!! They carry out all of the Democrats dirty work and the lame stream media is in collusion with them!! Black people need someone who will lift them up instead of constantly reminding them how bad some people were to some of them eons ago!!

    • BLACK MAN DAN says:

      JJ Trump Tried But Black’s Are Very Stupid And Can Be Manipulated By Barcock Ohomo and His Nonstop Racism Bullshit
      Divide And Conquer The DemoRat Playbook Going Back Over 150 Years

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