White supremacist connections in case of 19-year-old hit and killed by car
38-year-old Russell Courtier had gang tattoos posted on Facebook -
Tattoos seen in Facebook photos has linked a Portland man accused of running down and killing a 19-year-old African-American man in Gresham to a white supremacist group based in Oregon.
The photos show 38-year-old white male Russell Orlando Courtier had a tattoo on his leg with the letters E and K. Those letters are commonly associated with showing an affiliation with the European Kindred, a gang formed in Oregon prisons in the 1990s.
Courtier, alongside girlfriend Colleen Hunt, 35, are accused of getting into a fight with Larnell Malik Bruce outside a 7-Eleven on Northeast 188th Avenue and Burnside Street on Aug. 10. Police say Bruce tried to run away, but according to a probable cause affidavit for the arrest, Courtier told a detective he intentionally chased and hit Bruce with his red 1991 Jeep Wrangler. Hunt was the passenger.
Bruce was taken to the hospital, where he later died from injuries.
According to the Portland Mercury, in addition to the tattoo, one of Courtiers associates also commented us kindred on one of the photos on Facebook, and Courtier posted derogatory language in the comment section.
The European Kindred gang has spread into prisons in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico.
Police have yet to release Courtiers motives.