Boston, MA, May 30, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded the conviction of Keith Luke, an unaffiliated white supremacist, who killed two Cape Verdean women and sexually assaulted a third in Brockton, Massachusetts in 2009. His arrest pre-empted a planned racially motivated killing spree directed at Jews and non-whites.
Robert Trestan, ADL Acting New England Regional Director, issued the following statement:
We commend the Plymouth County Prosecutors for their three year pursuit of justice in this case. Luke was on a hate motivated mission to kill Jews and non-whites and this verdict means that our community is safer tonight. We are grateful to the Brockton Police who apprehended him before he could inflict more damage.
References during the trial by the defense team to a “Zionist Occupied Government” and “Jew controlled media” are patently offensive to everyone in our community and are indicative of what motivated him to kill.
Like all perpetrators of hate crimes, Luke was trying send a message to his victims - and everyone else who shares the victim's characteristics – that they are not welcome or safe. Now that he has been brought to justice, we hope a louder, stronger message resonates - that all people are welcome and safe in Brockton and across Massachusetts.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.