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Man charged with stabbing murder

Aaryn W. Snyder
Aaryn W. Snyder
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Monday, October 17, 2016 09:03 am
A Fort Wayne man has been charged with murder in connection with a fatal stabbing that occurred in August after he told police it was "a hate crime." Aaryn W. Snyder, 31, of the 2700 block of West Washington Center Road, has been charged with the murder of Samuel Hardrix on Aug. 21 on Schilling Avenue.

Fort Wayne Police responded at approximately 8:56 a.m. Aug. 21 in the 1400 block of Schilling Avenue near Fourth Street and found Samuel Hardrix, 22, unresponsive in the backyard of a woman's home. Hardrix was pronounced dead at the scene, and the Allen County Coroner's Office ruled his death a homicide from sharp force injuries. Hardrix is the 25th homicide in Allen County for 2016.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, Snyder asked to speak with detective on Sept. 19. Before the detective finished advising Snyder of his rights, Snyder allegedly told the detective he killed Hardrix because he was black. Snyder, who said he was a "white organization," also told the detective, "This is a hate crime."

Snyder allegedly told police he was involved in a verbal argument with Hardrix on Aug. 18 because Hardrix called him a child molester, the affidavit said. Snyder said Hardrix allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened him with it. Snyder allegedly took the knife and stabbed Hardrix several times.

Snyder, who also allegedly told police he had been "patched" as a "white organization," also allegedly admitted to having stabbed or killed others.

Snyder also allegedly confessed to the murder on Sept. 20 while he was in misdemeanor court and again to a nurse at a hospital while he was being treated for a medical condition.

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