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Bosnians in St. Louis embrace Ferguson protest tactics after immigrant dies in hammer attack

  • Bosnians march along Gravois Road on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 to protest the murder of Zemir Begic, a Bosnian man, in St. Louis.  Police blocked traffic as hundreds of people marched from Holly Hills Avenue down Gravois Road to Itaska Street where Begic was killed early Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Police in St. Louis say they've arrested two juveniles and are looking for two other suspects in the killing of a Begic, a Florida man who was beaten to death with hammers. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

    Bosnians march along Gravois Road on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 to protest the murder of Zemir Begic, a Bosnian man, in St. Louis. Police blocked traffic as hundreds of people marched from Holly Hills Avenue down Gravois Road to Itaska Street where Begic was killed early Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Police in St. Louis say they've arrested two juveniles and are looking for two other suspects in the killing of a Begic, a Florida man who was beaten to death with hammers. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Zuhdi Masri, left, prays for murder victim Zemir Begic with a group of other Bosnians gathered on Holly Hills Avenue in St. Louis on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. After the prayer, police blocked traffic as hundreds of people marched from Holly Hills Avenue down Gravois Road to Itaska Street where Begic was killed early Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Police in St. Louis say they've arrested two juveniles and are looking for two other suspects in the killing of a Begic, a Florida man who was beaten to death with hammers. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

    Zuhdi Masri, left, prays for murder victim Zemir Begic with a group of other Bosnians gathered on Holly Hills Avenue in St. Louis on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. After the prayer, police blocked traffic as hundreds of people marched from Holly Hills Avenue down Gravois Road to Itaska Street where Begic was killed early Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Police in St. Louis say they've arrested two juveniles and are looking for two other suspects in the killing of a Begic, a Florida man who was beaten to death with hammers. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT  (The Associated Press)

Members of St. Louis' sizable Bosnian community are embracing some of the tactics Ferguson protesters used after a 32-year-old immigrant was bludgeoned to death.

Hundreds of protesters rallied the past two nights in the Little Bosnia neighborhood as a response to the death of Zemir Begic (BEE-jihk), who was beaten with hammers early Sunday.

The shouts of "Bosnian lives matter" echoed the "Black lives matter" chant heard in Ferguson and beyond in the wake of Michael Brown's police shooting death.

A 17-year-old has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in Begic's death. Two others, ages 15 and 16, are in custody, with a fourth suspect at large.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the crime was not racially motivated nor connected to Ferguson.