A close friend of Patriot Prayer Trump supporter Aaron Danielson — who was shot dead in Portland — says he ‘was hunted down and executed right before his eyes in planned attack’ as antifa protester, 48, remains ‘under investigation,’ Your Content can report.
Chandler Pappas was with Aaron Jay Danielson, 39, on Saturday as Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with Trump supporters who drove in a caravan through the city. Danielson was gunned down after his attackers said ‘we got a couple of them right here, pull it out’, according to Pappas.
Both men were supporters of right-wing group Patriot Prayer and wearing hats with its logo. Pappas told The Common Sense Conservative: ‘They recognized our Patriot Prayer hats. They executed my partner. They hunted him down.’
As Your Content exclusively reported, Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, was identified as the man under investigation for the shooting. No one has been arrested in the case.
Urging the president to send troops to Portland, Pappas added: ‘Jay is dead because he believed something different from them. He did not do anything to earn a bullet in the chest.’
He denied there was any confrontation in the moments before the shooting, saying: ‘We had no idea who this guy was, I know he didn’t know who Jay was. I think they isolated us and thought they could get away with it.
‘I think it was planned, I think they were looking for someone to hurt. I think they were looking for someone just like us, unprotected who didn’t bring guns because we didn’t have the intention to kill anyone.’
The man under investigation for the shooting is a 48-year-old father-of-two whose own family turned him in to police after spotting him in videos from the night of violence.
‘We reached out to police and confirmed that we recognized Michael in the screenshots. On the one hand, this whole thing surprises the daylights out of us, because we always thought he is a lot of bark, not a lot of bite. But he’s also been very impulsive and irrational,’ she said.
She claimed her brother is troubled and that they have not been in touch for three years. In the past, she said he’d stolen their mother’s seizure medication and is in debt. He has a son and daughter from a previous relationship but is no longer involved with the mother.
In a June 16 post, he ranted: ‘I am 100% ANTIFA all the way! I am willing to fight for my brothers and sisters! Even if some of them are too ignorant to realize what antifa truly stands for.