Update October 29th, 2012: Murder trial of Joseph Hall, Jeff Hall's son, set to begin; updated post HERE.
|R.I.P. Jeff Hall, 1979-2011 (in the foreground with megaphone)|
It is with great sorrow, and a heavy heart that I inform you of the loss of our Southwestern States Regional Director Jeff Hall.
Today (May 1st, 2011), Jeff Hall was found murdered in his home in Riverside, California.
A loving Father of five children, a family man, and a dedicated American Patriot. Those of us whom had the honor to know, work with, or spend time with Jeff Hall know well what kind of person he was. Jeff was a dedicated Father, his children were his life. Jeff’s spare time outside of family was dedicated to his extended family in the NSM. He spent countless volunteer hours on the California and Arizona Borders leading Patrols in efforts to halt illegal immigration, organized rallys, meetings, and events for the NSM countless times. Jeff was looked up to, and respected by thousands of people. He was well liked in his community where he ran for office last year, attaining nearly 30% of the vote as an open National Socialist Candidate. He touched the lives of so many people, and was a tremendous inspiration to everyone around him. His energy and devotion to our Folk and Nation knew no bounds. Jeff Hall will be greatly missed by us all.
There is so much more that I would like to say, Jeff Hall was like a Brother to me. In life he was a giant amongst men, constantly putting others before himself. A life cut short, your Family, and the Party mourn this loss.
Thank you for all the memories Brother. We miss you. See you in Valhalla,
Commander Jeff Schoep
KABC Channel 7 news video now available:
The New York Times reports that according to Lt. Jaybee Brennan of the Riverside Police Department, police responded to reports of gunshots at Hall’s home at 4:04 A.M. PDT on Sunday. Police found Hall with a single gunshot wound to the upper body; although treated at the scene by paramedics, he died minutes later. Police later detained his son, said to be 10 years old. At this point, no other suspects were being sought. The reason for the New York Times' interest is because Hall had allowed a Times reporter to sit in on their chapter's monthly meeting, where a dozen members had gathered. At the meeting, Hall discussed both mundane housekeeping items such as the need for members to sell raffle tickets for a fund-raiser, as well as a May patrol at the Mexican border in Arizona to help deter illegal immigration.
|Jeff Hall patrolling for illegal aliens in the desert with the U.S. Border Guard|
Jeff Hall personified positive White civil rights activism. He was a fixture at NSM rallies in the region, to include the September 2009 Riverside Rally, the April 2010 Los Angeles Rally, and the March 2011 Claremont Rally. It was just two weeks ago that Hall attended the NSM Nationals in Trenton.
Hall also tried his hand at electoral politics, running unsuccessfully for the Division 2 seat of the Western Municipal Water District Board in Riverside County in November 2010. As Jeff Schoep pointed out, Hall also engaged in border patrol activity in California and with J.T. Ready's U.S. Border Guard in Arizona. And when a motley crew of antifa and Brown Beret types tried to bring the battle into Hall's neighborhood on May 29th, 2010, Hall and some of his comrades were ready for them and herded them out of the neighborhood while police looked on.
Tributes to Jeff Hall are already pouring in on this Stormfront thread. Some are questioning whether Hall's 10-year-old son really pulled the trigger; the cops seem to be rushing to judgment. The 23-year-old Hall, a plumber by trade, leaves behind a wife and five kids.
The Press-Enterprise is reporting neighborhood reaction. Several residents in the neighborhood said they were still shaken from the early-morning shooting. Some refused to talk about it, while others weren't sure how to react after months of what they described as intimidation by Hall and other NSM members who often visited. Naturally, the Press-Enterprise found themselves a Latino. Juan Trejo described a Halloween party at the home last year, when Hall flew a swastika flag from the home and guests wore KKK hoods. Trejo said Hall lived there with his wife and several children, one of whom called his son a "beaner" when the boy skateboarded near the Hall home. Trejo said in the two years they lived there, he had never spoken to Hall, his wife, or several children, whom he described as all younger than about 12. "I never tried to even say hello because they are racist," he said.
The SPLC has also weighed in, citing this blog by name. Their reaction is consistent with their traditional reaction to such events and requires no further discussion, although they do mention that Riverside Police now characterize the shooting as an intentional act.
A rather decent story was published by LAWeekly; they keep the judgmentalism to a minimum.