Elijah Al-Amin Could Still Be Alive


According to investigators, on July 4th at about 1:30 in the morning, Black teen Elijah Al-Amin was buying a soda a Circle K convenience store in Peoria, Arizona when he was killed for playing rap music.

He was at the soda machine with his back turned when a white man named Michael Adams walked up behind the 17-year-old teen and allegedly grabbed him, knifed him in the back and sliced his throat.

Then, Adams simply fled the scene.

Adams is the killer. It’s because of him that this loving teen with so much promise was taken from the world. However, there are entities that deserve some of the blame too. 

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What Happened to Black Teen Elijah al-Amin

This incident took place at about 1:30 in the morning. So, this happened in the early hours OF the 4th, a holiday he never got to enjoy.

Just like everyone else in America, his family probably had plans for that day… Bar-b-que, family, friends, jokes, games and of course… enjoying MUSIC.

Elijah Al-Amin Memorial at Peoria Circle K
Elijah Al-Amin’s Memorial at Peoria Circle K. Image Source: GV Wire

But instead of waking up early to throw meat on the grill, get the mac n cheese in the oven and get the green on the stove, Elijah Al-Amin’s parents Raheem Amin and Serina Rides were mourning the loss of their 17-year-old son.

According to police, one of the witnesses to the stabbing was applying pressure to the teen’s neck when they arrived on scene at 1:42 AM. Medical care was administered by police and fire personnel. Elijah was taken to the hospital. At 2:05 AM, he was pronounced dead.

All the witnesses on the scene insisted that Elijah did or said nothing whatsoever to provoke Michael Adams. One witness said Adams just walk up behind the teen and stabbed him. He never said a word.



Adams was caught by police as he walked calmly from the scene. Elijah’s blood was on him. And the pocket knife he used to commit the murder was on him. He was booked into custody at 3:04 AM.

Why Did the Angry White Man Kill Elijah Al-Amin?

In a statement made to police, Adams said Elijah was playing rap music in his car when he pulled into the Circle K parking lot. However, the teen did nothing whatsoever that was threatening to the man. A police spokesperson said:

“Adams stated rap music makes him feel unsafe, because in the past he has been attacked by people (Blacks, Hispanics, and Native American) who listen to rap music. Adams further stated, people who listen to rap music are a threat to him and the community.”

According to his statement, it was the music he felt threatened by, not Elijah Al-Amin himself.

The teen was mixed with Black, Latino and white, but appeared just be Black. His killer is white.

Documents state:

“Adams felt he needed to be ‘Proactive rather than reactive’ and protect himself and the community from the victim.”

Michael Adams: Defense & Bail

Michael Paul Adams (DOB 01/27/1992) is currently in custody in the Maricopa County Jail. He’s charged with first-degree premeditated murder. His bail is $1 million.

Adams’ attorney is trying to make sure he has a fighting chance at getting out on bail. And for those who are mad about that, let’s just say she’s doing her job. That’s exactly what she’s supposed to do.

But I want to assure you that this man will not make bail.

The screenshots below show that Michael not only has a $1,000,00 bail. However, the judge ruled during his preliminary hearing that it’s a CASH ONLY bail, meaning he needs $1 million CASH to bond out of jail. Unlike regular bail, he can’t work with a bail bonds to get out, which requires coming up with only 10-20% in cash.

These screenshots also show that the teen killer has a hold for Disposition 2050, which by my research, appears to be a probation violation. The Maricopa County Jail inmate search shows a $500 bail for this charge. However, because there’s been a probation department placed a HOLD on him, even with $500 cash, he can’t bail out on this charge.


So, there’s no need for the rap-loving citizens of Peoria to worry. This man is NOT getting out of jail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday, July 18, 2019.

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Who Do We Blame for the Death of Elijah Al-Amin?

During his preliminary hearing, the attorney representing Adams said that her client had been released from prison two days prior to the murder with no medication. She says he was supposed to be released on mental health probation, stating:

“He suffers from autism, ADHD and potential other mental health illnesses.”

Al-Amin’s mother, Serina Rides, calls this an excuse. I respect her reasoning behind this 100%. She’s a grieving mother looking for answers.

And unfortunately, the answers she’s getting, in this case, are outright nonsensical.

HOWEVER, someone must be to blame for the loss of her precious son. And, in my opinion, the attorney is right. This man was released, after doing years in prison, without transportation to report to probation… OR ANY MEDICATION.

The person at fault for killing Elijah is the man who took his life. But there are big dogs at fault as well.

Should Mental Health Inmates Be Released Without Meds?

He was taking meds for his mental health issues in prison. Yet, the Arizona Department of Corrections released him out into the streets of society without any “holdover” meds. Like it or not, this may be a major factor in the case.

So, not only did the Arizona prison system fail to do the right thing in regards to this man’s release, the Maricopa County Probation Department failed too.

Between these two entities, someone should have made sure this man had the proper medication before letting him out into the world.

And if you go off of the attorney’s statement, “no ride to report to probation” tells us that he never made it to the probation office. So, his probation officer never even saw him.

That means probation didn’t know where he lived or if he even had a place to live. And you have to wonder about that considering the murder took place at close to 2-something in the morning.

The PO didn’t know that he’d been released without meds. But that’s the PO’s responsibility, isn’t it?

A statement from  the Arizona Department of Corrections said Michael Adams was given resources related to mental health services. But what exactly are these resources? Are we talking a couple of pieces of papers with phone numbers on them?

…because if this man was fresh out and possibly homeless, let’s just assume he didn’t have a cell phone to make all of these responsible phone calls.

#JusticeForElijah Why Wasn’t Michael Adams Deemed Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI)?

The Arizona Department of Corrections Failed Elijah Al-Amin

Oftentimes, prison systems make certain choices that make no sense because the goal is to keep recidivism alive. There are certain steps authorities take to ensure that most prison inmates return in the future.

I believe that not giving this man enough medication to hold him over until he could get professional mental health assistance is a part of the recidivism plan.

They wanted him to go out and do something dumb, so he can return to prison.

However, NO ONE could or would have EVER predicted something like this would happen. But because it did, the people in the State of Arizona need to make their state’s prison system their release process when it comes to inmates with mental health issues.

Arizona Department of Corrections should have provided Michael Adams with holdover meds before releasing him into the City of Phoenix.

The Maricopa County Probation Department Failed Elijah Al-Amin

Once released on PROBATION, the Maricopa County Probation Department should have kept close tabs on Michael Adams. He was supposed to check in either the day of his release or no later than the following day.

His probation officer should have known where he was living. There should have also been a discussion about mental health, considering it’s in his prison files.

It was that PO’s professional duty to ensure Michael had access to the proper meds. He should

But he wasn’t. I’m not even sure he ever saw his probation officer after being released from prison. And it seems no one was looking for him.

Elijah Al-Amin Funeral Services
Elijah Al-Amin’s Funeral Services. Image Source: Press From

Justice for the People of Arizona

An Arizona Department of Corrections statement also said that Michael Adams wasn’t considered a mental health risk. The full statement reads:

“By law, Inmate Adams was released from ADC custody on July 2 on an absolute discharge, after completing his prison sentence. Arizona and/or federal privacy laws preclude the Department from disclosing specific confidential medical information. Prior to his release, Inmate Adams was provided contact information for services in the community such as continuing care, housing, welfare as well as other community resources. He was not designated seriously mentally ill (SMI).

Upon release, he was provided transportation from ASPC-Yuma to Maricopa County, after which he was no longer under the Department’s legal jurisdiction and the Department had no further legal authority over him.

The tragic death is terrible, and Mr. Adams will have to answer for his alleged actions.”

But, at the end of the day, this man tried to kill two inmates AND a correctional officer (prison guard) while locked up. He’s been arrested multiple times. Attacking others with a deadly weapons seems to be his thing.

There’s no way he should have been deemed safe for society without his meds. Does that not sound like someone who’s out of control?

Between the Arizona prison system and the county’s probation department, it’s hard to determine which one is more at fault. But the bottom line is… changes need to be made.

And the people of Arizona need to demand that those changes be made immediately.

That’s the best way to help prevent something like this from ever happening again.

Video: Part 1 of 2: #JusticeForElijah Wh!te Supr3m@cist Took Their Child Over Rap – His Parents Speak

According to investigators, on July 4th at about 1:30 in the morning, Black teen Elijah Al-Amin was buying a soda a Circle K convenience store in Peoria, Arizona when he was killed for playing rap music. See his killer in court.

Days after losing her son, Al-Amin’s mother, Serina Rides, said that ultimately, she wants justice. “He’s a good boy. He’s a good baby. He’s my baby, and I have to bury him,” Rides told CNN on Monday. “I’m on my way to bury him right now.”

Elijah’s father, Rahim Al-Amin, said in a recent interview with Arizona’s 12 News. “I mean like, if he asked Elijah to turn it down, he would’ve probably turned it down. That’s just who Elijah was. ‘Oh, my bad.’ That’s probably what he would’ve said.”

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