Killing of young black man is probed as a possible hate crime in Northern California

Northern California authorities are investigating the slaying of a young black man as a possible hate crime amid growing concern over racially motivated attacks nationwide. 

The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department arrested one white suspect and is searching for two others thought to be involved in the Nov. 12 homicide of a 28-year-old musician. 

Investigators say Will Sims was robbed, beaten and shot to death outside a bar near Richmond, about 18 miles north of San Francisco. 

Authorities arrested 31-year-old Daniel Porter-Kelly and charged him with robbery and murder with a hate crime enhancement. Authorities are searching for 32-year-old Ray Simons and 31-year-old Daniel Ortega. They didn’t elaborate on the hate crime allegations. 


Sims remains jailed without bail. Sim’s attorney, Seth Morris, didn’t return a call Monday.