On December 10, 2019, David N. Anderson and Francine Graham allegedly shot and killed Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals after he approached them in the Bayview cemetery. The perpetrators then drove through Jersey City, bypassing other buildings and pedestrians before stopping outside the JC Kosher Supermarket, where Graham allegedly fired shots into the establishment, killing three civilians inside the store and injuring another. The pair then barricaded themselves inside the store and engaged in a gun-fight with police that ended with both suspects dead and two officers wounded. The couple is also suspected of murdering a man who was found dead two days earlier in Bayonne.
The couple left behind a stolen U-Haul van that contained an arsenal of weapons and a handwritten note that implied a theological justification or imperative for the attack. The note read, “I do this because my creator makes me do this and I hate who he hates.” The New York Post has reported that both Anderson and Graham had attended services at the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, an anti-Semitic Black Hebrew Israelite church in Harlem.
In the wake of this two-day killing spree, ADL’s Center on Extremism has linked one of the alleged killers, David Anderson, to online identities that espouse Black Hebrew Israelite (BHI) ideology. The two key profiles are a Facebook account with the user name Dawada Maqabath and an Instagram account with the user name Baryon with the handle @akaNapoleonehill. Both accounts contain images that appear to be David Anderson including those that show facial tattoos that match those visible in booking photos identified as Anderson.