A black city council candidate in Illinois received racist death threats during a Zoom call with other Democrats – with the unhinged hacker threatening to shoot her, according to reports.
Carolyn Murray, who hopes to become an alderman in Evanston’s 5th Ward, was interviewing for an endorsement from the city’s Democratic Party on Sunday when an unauthorized participant started sending racist messages in the virtual meeting, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The hacker then took over the audio controls and used a racial slur to threaten to shoot Murray and other black city residents “like they did to Carolyn’s son,” according to Eamon Kelly, Evanston’s Democratic committeeman.
“It was a racialized attack,” Kelly told the Daily Northwestern. “But Carolyn is not going to be deterred, the Democratic Party is not going to be deterred, and we’re gonna cooperate fully with the police and we’re gonna find out who did it.”
Murray’s son, Justin, was fatally shot outside his grandmother’s house