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Georgia - Bosnian Immigrant Given Life Sentence in Shooting

There are 34 comments on the First Coast News Jacksonville story from Feb 28, 2007, titled Georgia - Bosnian Immigrant Given Life Sentence in Shooting. In it, First Coast News Jacksonville reports that:

A Bosnian War refugee has been given a life sentence for murdering a Mexican immigrant at a Columbus construction site in 2004.

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wow

Powder Springs, GA

#24 Feb 23, 2008
this case is so sad..
ekrem looks like such a wonderful man and he was almost killed...so what did he do? he shot at the mexicans while being almost unconcious...
he needs to be set free

i was in court...his whole family look so wonderful and like good people who came to america to do something good for themselves and to ONLY do good....

may god blass all of you and especially ekrem
mEeee

Carrollton, GA

#25 Apr 14, 2008
Hey..why dont we stop all the hate..
a man is in jail because he tried to defend his life after being attacked by alfredo and his people..
no use of saying hateful things about mexicans or anybody else..
the sad thing about this case is that an innocent man has to waste his life away in jail because of something he did not do..he did not commit murder...
hopefully the judge will see that and let ekrem go because he is innocent...
a bosnian american

Fort Mitchell, AL

#26 May 3, 2008
dada wrote:
GOOD JOOB AMELA
you guys should all be ashamed of yourselves-and calling yourselves bosnians??? talking about escaping tragedies in bosnia, looking for a better life, etc.. let me tell you something, if you dont like it, just like anyone else coming to this great country, GO BACK!! first off, how many of you fought in bosnia? i have! besides that, i lost my whole family...parents, cousins, uncles, aunts...i lost count. i came here, just like ekrem, and have also done well for myself. this country has thrown me a few curve ball also, but i am not going around shooting anyone. yes, Mr. Sanchez and his posse were despicable human beings, but TWO WRONGS DONT MAKE A RIGHT! it does not erase a fact that Ekrem executed a man. plain simple. i know how it is to kill someone in self-defense, for i fought before...this is not it. i am terribly compassionate towards ekrem and his family, but at least he is alive. he will have a chance to appeal, to fight for a parole, and probably will be released after 20 or 30 years-in this legal system that is better than any other. sanchez is dead, there is no erasing that.
on another subject, why call mexicans "cockroaches" and all these other ignorant terms? i dont call any serbs any kind of generalized terms, and they killed everyone i had. we ought to treat people on individual basis.
now, was there a bias in the court system? yes, probably was. but where were you bosnians raising money to get this man a better lawyer? you see, there was a marine in iraq that executed some iraqis, and americans got together and raised money for the best legal defense to protect the young man. you all failed to do that, so do not blame it on the legal system or seek refuge in ignorant name calling and lashings via the internet.
i hope you all start something productive instead and start raising money for this man's appeal and a better legal defense, if you already have not.
furthermore, put some effort in building releationships with americans and mexicans and maybe you will not experience as much bias...
ahhaha wow

Powder Springs, GA

#27 Aug 15, 2008
a bosnian american wrote:
<quoted text>
you guys should all be ashamed of yourselves-and calling yourselves bosnians??? talking about escaping tragedies in bosnia, looking for a better life, etc.. let me tell you something, if you dont like it, just like anyone else coming to this great country, GO BACK!! first off, how many of you fought in bosnia? i have! besides that, i lost my whole family...parents, cousins, uncles, aunts...i lost count. i came here, just like ekrem, and have also done well for myself. this country has thrown me a few curve ball also, but i am not going around shooting anyone. yes, Mr. Sanchez and his posse were despicable human beings, but TWO WRONGS DONT MAKE A RIGHT! it does not erase a fact that Ekrem executed a man. plain simple. i know how it is to kill someone in self-defense, for i fought before...this is not it. i am terribly compassionate towards ekrem and his family, but at least he is alive. he will have a chance to appeal, to fight for a parole, and probably will be released after 20 or 30 years-in this legal system that is better than any other. sanchez is dead, there is no erasing that.
on another subject, why call mexicans "cockroaches" and all these other ignorant terms? i dont call any serbs any kind of generalized terms, and they killed everyone i had. we ought to treat people on individual basis.
now, was there a bias in the court system? yes, probably was. but where were you bosnians raising money to get this man a better lawyer? you see, there was a marine in iraq that executed some iraqis, and americans got together and raised money for the best legal defense to protect the young man. you all failed to do that, so do not blame it on the legal system or seek refuge in ignorant name calling and lashings via the internet.
i hope you all start something productive instead and start raising money for this man's appeal and a better legal defense, if you already have not.
furthermore, put some effort in building releationships with americans and mexicans and maybe you will not experience as much bias...
u call ur self a bosnian american?
why do u think all the mexicans and others have all the power in US? its because they stick 2gether no matter what
a WHOLE bunch of them are illegal but they help each other out no matter what

ekrem did not execute a man u freakin moron..get ur facts straight before you say something

please dont write here anymore until u know what is going on..
its so easy for people to talk so much sh*t but they have NO idea wats going on..

yeah all the bosnian americans are forgetting what happened in bosnia ...look at some of the African americans till this day they are not gonna let the white man be wateever about what they did with slavery and sh*t...but the bosnian war was 15yrs ago and allready people are 4getting..just like u...
dumba*ses are dating and getting married to serbs and sh*t...nastty!!!
u guys need 2 go back and remember what happened in bosnia..because u see wit the capture of karadzic u see all those serbs goin to his defense even though he has done HORRIBLE sh*t...so please
just STFU!!!

ekrem is innocent and thats that...u have no right 2 come on here and talk nonsense and allow his family to read such things..
his mother is dying second by second because of this idiot govt...so please
before u write anything negative ..think of ekrems family ..especially his mother because poor lady is suffering enough...she doesnt have to read about all this negative things..

so please just keep ur sht 2 urself...
and dont call urself a bosnian..kuz ur not!!
ahhaha wow

Powder Springs, GA

#28 Aug 15, 2008
a bosnian american wrote:
<quoted text>
you guys should all be ashamed of yourselves-and calling yourselves bosnians??? talking about escaping tragedies in bosnia, looking for a better life, etc.. let me tell you something, if you dont like it, just like anyone else coming to this great country, GO BACK!! first off, how many of you fought in bosnia? i have! besides that, i lost my whole family...parents, cousins, uncles, aunts...i lost count. i came here, just like ekrem, and have also done well for myself. this country has thrown me a few curve ball also, but i am not going around shooting anyone. yes, Mr. Sanchez and his posse were despicable human beings, but TWO WRONGS DONT MAKE A RIGHT! it does not erase a fact that Ekrem executed a man. plain simple. i know how it is to kill someone in self-defense, for i fought before...this is not it. i am terribly compassionate towards ekrem and his family, but at least he is alive. he will have a chance to appeal, to fight for a parole, and probably will be released after 20 or 30 years-in this legal system that is better than any other. sanchez is dead, there is no erasing that.
on another subject, why call mexicans "cockroaches" and all these other ignorant terms? i dont call any serbs any kind of generalized terms, and they killed everyone i had. we ought to treat people on individual basis.
now, was there a bias in the court system? yes, probably was. but where were you bosnians raising money to get this man a better lawyer? you see, there was a marine in iraq that executed some iraqis, and americans got together and raised money for the best legal defense to protect the young man. you all failed to do that, so do not blame it on the legal system or seek refuge in ignorant name calling and lashings via the internet.
i hope you all start something productive instead and start raising money for this man's appeal and a better legal defense, if you already have not.
furthermore, put some effort in building releationships with americans and mexicans and maybe you will not experience as much bias...
BY The WAY...BIAS ??? WAT FKIN BIAS?? EKREM COMPANY TILL THIS DAY HAS MEXICANS WORKING 4 THEM..SO GET OVER UR LOW LIFE SELF...SELJAK!!!
Dani

United States

#29 Sep 29, 2008
ahhaha wow wrote:
<quoted text>
u call ur self a bosnian american?
why do u think all the mexicans and others have all the power in US? its because they stick 2gether no matter what
a WHOLE bunch of them are illegal but they help each other out no matter what
ekrem did not execute a man u freakin moron..get ur facts straight before you say something
please dont write here anymore until u know what is going on..
its so easy for people to talk so much sh*t but they have NO idea wats going on..
yeah all the bosnian americans are forgetting what happened in bosnia ...look at some of the African americans till this day they are not gonna let the white man be wateever about what they did with slavery and sh*t...but the bosnian war was 15yrs ago and allready people are 4getting..just like u...
dumba*ses are dating and getting married to serbs and sh*t...nastty!!!
u guys need 2 go back and remember what happened in bosnia..because u see wit the capture of karadzic u see all those serbs goin to his defense even though he has done HORRIBLE sh*t...so please
just STFU!!!
ekrem is innocent and thats that...u have no right 2 come on here and talk nonsense and allow his family to read such things..
his mother is dying second by second because of this idiot govt...so please
before u write anything negative ..think of ekrems family ..especially his mother because poor lady is suffering enough...she doesnt have to read about all this negative things..
so please just keep ur sht 2 urself...
and dont call urself a bosnian..kuz ur not!!
Okay I agree with Bosnian American. And yes we all are Bosnian Americans even if you don't agree you fucking are. You live here don't you and I don't think your ass is going back to Bosnia anytime soon so what's your problem? Go back if you hate it so much here. I hate it when people are so damn ignorant, I feel sorry for you. People should be judged on an individual basis not by what nationality they are. From experience I come from a mixed marriage...and just because I have family that are Serbian does not mean they are cold blooded murders. It's sad you think it's nasty. That shows how damn ignorant you are.
i unooo

Orlando, FL

#30 Oct 9, 2008
Dani wrote:
<quoted text>
Okay I agree with Bosnian American. And yes we all are Bosnian Americans even if you don't agree you fucking are. You live here don't you and I don't think your ass is going back to Bosnia anytime soon so what's your problem? Go back if you hate it so much here. I hate it when people are so damn ignorant, I feel sorry for you. People should be judged on an individual basis not by what nationality they are. From experience I come from a mixed marriage...and just because I have family that are Serbian does not mean they are cold blooded murders. It's sad you think it's nasty. That shows how damn ignorant you are.
first of all its the serbs that started the dam war in the 1st place kuz yall was so scared of the muslims taking over cmon now ...cant we all get along..
i wont ever 4give the serbs for what they did and how many people they killed ...
so sad that all the bosnians are forgetting and treating the serbs like they are our best friends when most of them probably were in the wat fighting against the bosnian muslims..
karma is a bi*tch though...

but anyway
this chat is about EKREM JAKUPOVIC
not about bosnians not about serbs or wattever the f yall are talking about

ekrems case should be happening anytime soon
and hopefully this time it will be better because he did not intentionally kill mr sanchez...hopefully he will be out and start a life because we are all praying for him
Dani

Powder Springs, GA

#31 Nov 19, 2008
i unooo wrote:
<quoted text>
first of all its the serbs that started the dam war in the 1st place kuz yall was so scared of the muslims taking over cmon now ...cant we all get along..
i wont ever 4give the serbs for what they did and how many people they killed ...
so sad that all the bosnians are forgetting and treating the serbs like they are our best friends when most of them probably were in the wat fighting against the bosnian muslims..
karma is a bi*tch though...
but anyway
this chat is about EKREM JAKUPOVIC
not about bosnians not about serbs or wattever the f yall are talking about
ekrems case should be happening anytime soon
and hopefully this time it will be better because he did not intentionally kill mr sanchez...hopefully he will be out and start a life because we are all praying for him
okay i agree with you i won't forget what they did, those who actually did it. i just don't like the fact that there is prejudice for the ones who didn't do anything.
azra

Roswell, GA

#32 Feb 3, 2009
spectator wrote:
well......guys I knew Mr. Sanchez and he WAS not an illegal immigrant and he was a good man. Explain to me why Mr Jakupovic went to his truck and got a gun and went up on the roof of that building. IF there was a problem he should have contacted the Contractor that hired him to do the drywall work this isnt the wild west. That was very bad judgemnet for him to go on the roof with a gun, the law doesnt aloow deadly force be used to proetect property only life, if he took a gun to the roof to protect lumber he was wrong. Now there are 4 Sanchez kids w/o a dad and I assume Mr Jakupovic has kids so......he should have waited on the ground and either called the Police or the Construction company this ocurred on a Saturday, if his excuse was that he couldnt get in touch with the construction company then he could have waited he shouldnt have even had a gun on the peoperty.
alright mr.Sanchez was a monster he and his beaner buddy attacked ekrem it was self defensse moron these rednecks have no sustantial proof that he actually did it on purpose he had no motive!!!!! pay more attention!!!!
azra

Roswell, GA

#33 Feb 3, 2009
Blue Lilac wrote:
I do not know the man who was convicted, but I did know Mr. Sanchez and many of his family members. He was NOT an illegal, he was an American man who was working and raising his children who are U. S. citizens. I am having a hard time understanding the comments of those who are calling the justice system racist and at the same time referring to Latinos as cockroaches, etc. This is a very tragic case for everyone involved.
Get real the facts the facts of the actual trial and the nonsense that they spat in the courtroom is nonsense. I have known ekrem since i came here my father and my uncles have been friends with him for soo long. He is as good as any human being can get, the jury and the judge knew he was president of the islamic community and they used that against him. Look at the facts 2 mexicans attacked him, two of them, he had the gun on him and he used it when he felt like he had no other choice. IT WAS SELF DEFENCE it made no sense to me that he was convicted he put his life in the hands of the american justice system and he paid dearly for it!!!!!!!!! The system is bogus!!!!!!
azra

Roswell, GA

#34 Feb 3, 2009
o and for those who dont know___ EKREM WAS A RESIDENT NOT AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT____ big difference!!! he DID NOT come here illegally get ur facts straight we are not mexican we actually fill out our paperwork!!! Wow sanchez was illegal dumbasssess!!
JRM

Covington, GA

#35 Feb 3, 2011
wow......I ran across this and was amazed by some of the comments on here. I WAS a personal friend of Alfredo Sanchez, I am a white business man. I was actually involved some on this case and I am not familiar with Alfredo having a previous record or beating someone up with a baseball bat prior to this.......??? Now some relatives of Sanchez had a bad reputation of whcih I knew somethings about first hand. Mr. Sanchez's little girl visits my house often to play with my daughter she is a beautiful intelligent little girl, last fathers day she made me a card I cried when I read it. The law does not allow for anyone whether your name is Jakupovic or Sanchez to use deadly force to protect PROPERTY only LIFE. Mr. Jakupovic should not have approached those men with a gun, there was no reason that any destruction of his material, that he says was happening, could not have been addressed when an officer arrived or even Monday when a site foreman was on site. Mr. Jakupovic made a bad decision that day that changed many lives. If he had called Columbus PD or even taken pics of the material and notified the General Contractor. But Alfredo Sanchez was not a bad man, and by the way he was not illegal. Sanchez's teenage daughter who was there that day, as was his whole family waiting for their father, shouted to her dad that Jakupovic was on the way up to the roof and he had a gun. Sanchez told his daughter to call 911, which she did. For those of you that care the sanchez children are doing well the oldest is in College, and the others are very smart and do well in school. The trauma of what they saw that day I am sure is with them but fortunately they have handled it well so far. But do not write anything else on here about Alfredo Sanchez being a bad man, he was not.
Don Moran

United States

#36 Dec 6, 2011
I lived in Columbus, omg what a joke of a place.
All racist pigs with no damn brains. I do remember a saying we have for Columbus.
Columbus GA where the men are men and the sheep are scared
Diane

American Fork, UT

#37 May 3, 2014
I saddens me that family members of Ekrem are telling lies about the Sanchez family and Alfredo are making them out to be bad people. The only thing I can think of is that you all feel the need to make them out to be illegal, illiterate, and dishonest people to place blame and suspicion on them and away from Ekrem. Wow. Do you feel better now making Ekrem out to be some kind of saint by making the innocent out to be dirt. Some day in the grand scheme of things, the truth will come out. Sad, sad, sad! Shame on you!

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