James Means: Things to Know About Black Teen Shot and Killed by White Man Who Called Him “Another Piece of Trash”

Just days before Thanksgiving, a black teenage boy from West Virginia was shot and killed by a 62-year-old white man who later referred to him as a “piece of trash.”

Police said the shooting happened Monday evening (Nov. 21) outside of a Dollar General Store in Charleston, West Virginia after 15-year-old James Harvey Means accidentally bumped into William Ronald Pulliam.

Because Means was black and Pulliam is white, officials are in the process of determining whether the murder meets the definition of a hate crime.

Here are some things you need to know about James Means, William Pulliam and the tragic shooting incident.

1. 15-year-old James Harvey Means was shot twice in the stomach.


The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that 15-year-old James Means and his friends were walking down a sidewalk near a Dollar General Store in Charleston, WV Monday evening when Means and William Pulliam crossed paths by accidentally bumping into each other.

Means and Pulliam exchanged words, and after the argument, Pulliam went into the store, while Means joined his friends on the porch at a friend’s grandmother’s house nearby.

After Pulliam exited the store and walked past the porch where Means and his friends were, another argument ensued, and as Means crossed the street to approach Pulliam, the man pulled out a .380 caliber revolver and shot the teen twice in the stomach.

The teen was rushed to Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

2. The shooter, 62-year-old William Ronald Pulliam, was remorseless after the shooting and told police Means was just “another piece of trash off the street.”


According to the police report, immediately after the shooting, Pulliam went out to dinner and then to a friend’s house, which is where police found the gun he allegedly used to kill Means.

Police said Pulliam lacked any signs of remorse after he was arrested. He proudly admitted to shooting the teen before saying to investigators, “The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the street.”

Pulliam was also showed no emotion when he was told he could face life in prison if convicted, but he didn’t like the idea of not getting a bond hearing until December 1st.

“Don’t I get to say anything?” Pulliam asked the judge (via video conferencing). “I’ll lose my job and everything unless I can get out of here,” he said. As he was escorted out of the video conference room, he muttered under his breath, “I’m going to have to go on a hunger strike.”

Means’ friend, 13-year-old James Cooper, witnessed the shooting and confirmed to police that Pulliam was the shooter. Another friend, 14-year-old Teonno White, said he’s had his own run-ins with Pulliam in the past because Pulliam would pick on his little brother.

“One time I went over there to talk to him about it, I said, ‘You’ve got to quit picking on my little brother, that doesn’t look right,’” White said. “He said, ‘Get the [expletive] off my property.’ He said I need to go on with my nappy Latino self. He’s just a real bad guy.”

White said when he called the police about Pulliam, he was told to avoid the man.

3. James Means dreamed of running his own business and getting married someday.


James Means was a freshman at Capital High School and he had expressed interest in cars and mechanics. According to statements from his family, he dreamed of one day running his own business and getting married.

The teen’s aunt, Teresa Means, said, while fighting back tears, that her nephew had a lively personality and “could put a smile on anybody’s face, no matter the situation.” She added, “Whether he was mad [or] you were mad, he could make you smile. He was funny, he was smart, and he was loved.”

The boy’s mother, Nafia Adkins, asked that members of the community not to hold grudges and to let law enforcement do their job. “We know that justice is going to succeed in this matter,” she said. “We’re just not going to put it in our hands, we’re going to let the law put it in their hands. We all have to forgive and let everything take its place.”

James’ family also asked people not to post any negative comments about the suspect or incident on social media. “We don’t want anyone posting any type of hatred or revengeful words on Facebook, because James wouldn’t want it. And we don’t want it,” his aunt said.

Means had recently started attending weekly meetings called “Sunday Sit-Down” held by a local nonprofit at the West Virginia State Economic Development Center. While there,

This past Sunday was his second time attending the meeting, where local youths, called “Dream Chasers,” are taught about communication skills and other tools for career development.

The group’s director, Obi Henderson, said Means wanted to start his own auto-mechanic shop, and when he got to experience an electric car for the first time, he was excited as he told his friends how the car worked. Henderson added that Means was a “nice, respectable, fun-loving guy” and his life goals were “very attainable.”

Henderson said Means was “the type of kid that didn’t start any trouble, he just wanted to go with the flow of what’s going on.”

4. William Pulliam was convicted of beating his pregnant daughter in 2013.


James Means wasn’t William Pulliam’s first victim of his violent behavior. According to a criminal complaint, in January 2013, Pulliam attacked his pregnant daughter, violently punching her in the face with a closed fist and kicking her in the stomach. He also pushed his wife to the ground in that incident, the complaint said.

When police arrived on the scene, they observed that Pulliam’s daughter had visible bruising on her left eye and her lip was bleeding. Charleston Police Cpl. P.S. Kapeluck also wrote in the complaint that he saw that Pulliam’s wife’s elbow was bleeding.

Pulliam, who pleaded no contest to domestic violence charges, was sentenced to 36 days in jail, however the sentence was suspended. He was instead placed on a year’s probation and given credit for the six days he had already spent in jail.

5. Means’ family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses.


A woman named Michelle Matthews-Means, presumably a member of the family, started a GoFundMe on Tuesday (Nov. 22) to help the family pay for funeral expenses:

James Means, a 15 year old boy, was shot and killed Monday night. We could use your help with anything you can give, to provide a respectful memorial for this special young man. Thank you for all of your support, kind words, and messages. We are forever grateful.

The initial goal of $3,000 has been surpassed, with donations so far amounting to over $20,000.

Douglas Evans, a former resident of the community where Means was killed, saw the teen’s GoFundMe page and quickly recognized him from last winter when Means helped him retrieve his car after getting stuck in the snow.

“I got my car stuck on one of the snow banks and my wheels were spinning,” Evans said. “James and three or four of his friends, without being asked, came up, got behind my car and pushed my car out.”

  • JON999

    These kids are worth more to the family DEAD than ALIVE Need $3000.00 and already have $20000.00 and more coming…………Can you say CA….CHING

    • Decent HumanBeing

      You hateful old SOB. And who are “these kids?”

    • Marlene Fannon

      That’s a cruel, heartless thing to say! I hope you never have to suffer the loss of a child, but for those who do, their lives are changed forever, and a measly $20,000 does not begin to cover the lost wages, the funeral which will likely be well over $3,000, the counseling that the family will likely have to go through, etc, etc, etc. I cannot believe what people feel is okay to post online anymore! To even have such a thought is bad enough, but to feel the need to type it so that the family and friends can see it and read it is absolutely deplorable! You should be ashamed, and you owe this family an apology! Does this statement to a family who has already had their loved one called a “piece of trash” really seem okay to you? Do you go to church? Maybe, if you do, you should ask your minister/pastor how appropriate your comment was, since you are obviously too damn stupid to realize how wrong it was to post such a thing. You make me sick, and I hope karma and God both make you pay for what you said you sick son of a bitch!

    • m23543

      shut up you stupid kunt. i bet you love getting face fked by big black d!ck.

    • Sonoma473

      Ur an absolute asshole

    • Kori Majhor

      No worries, about “these kids”, I hope GOD, thinks you are worth more dead, than alive. From the looks of your photo; you are clearly, on your last leg. Instead of making horrible comments; you should pull out that bible, because I know your time is coming…sooner, than you think. GET RIGHT WITH GOD!!!

  • Bill Hanrahan

    What a joke America has become lately. A black teenage male in West Virginia recently got shot and killed by a white male in his 60’s in what seems to be a clear cut case of justified self-defense. (I do not buy into this narrative about the black teenage male doing nothing wrong in this case.) Then this story became the big story in libtard cesspool outlets like “HuffPo” and the New York Post. Then the feds say there could be federal “hate crime” charges in this case. Then a page for the black teenage male’s funeral costs on gofundme rakes in over $41k in donations in just one day, even though the fund raising goal was just $3k.

    In contrast, a white teenage male in Alabama got attacked over a month ago after the town’s homecoming football game in an abandoned store parking lot by over a dozen black people. His skull got fractured in two places and he was in critical condition. (This attack was all over the white teenage male’s “racism” on his Facebook page.) Then this story got only local news coverage in Alabama. Then only four of the black suspects got arrested by the local police on assault charges, rather than attempted murder charges, with no talk so far from the feds about “hate crime” charges. Then a page for the white teenage male’s medical costs on gofundme cannot even manage to collect the modest goal of only $5k in donations, even after more than a whole month has gone by since the page was started.

    Please donate to this Alabama white teenage male victim’s page on gofundme:


    This page only has $3313 in it – the fund raising goal is $5k. Thanks!

    • Marlene Fannon

      Go get on one of your Trump fan pages and leave honest people alone you fucking racist bitch!

    • Ron Feezell

      You really need to com down and stop talking about Trump

    • chazz novit

      Marlene… I suspect you’re not an evil person… just be aware..
      1) placing a picture of 15 y/o James, when he was much younger… about 9 y/o, distorts the truth. Lets be fair with pictures.
      2) there is a possibility that he had a gun (or not), and brandished that gun to William… we should get the police evidence on that (if it exists).. if this teenager (not a child) did have a gun, then does that change your opinion?
      3) what is your opinion about James crossing over to the opposite side of the street to confront William (if true) as an aggressive unwise decision?

    • m23543

      white guilt kunt.

    • Sonoma473

      Bill and jon should start “the biggest asshole in the world” club and then they would both have one friend.

    • 2 gun corky

      Just cuz they arent on the black person side dont mean they sre racist. U are obviously on the black kids side is it cuz your racist

    • Sonoma473

      Whats that even mean corky? “On the black persons side”?-if u actually read my post i said they are both tragedys. We are human beings-their is no “side”

    • Marlene Fannon

      Your sole reason for not believing that this young man is innocent in this attack is your racism! A young man whom others who knew him say was a really good kid was murdered by a man who beat his own daughter while she was pregnant with his own grandchild, and likely beat his wife, also. Let’s see, who is more likely to be the aggressor here, the unarmed helpful young man with goals, or the cold-hearted bastard who shot him then went out to eat while the boy died, then called him a “piece of trash” and showed absolutely no remorse? On top of that, you are angry that this young man’s GoFundMe account has exceeded the amount requested, so you make a plea for donations to a white boy’s account based on racism against this African American young man, and you don’t understand why in a month the goal has not been reached? Maybe, just maybe, it is your method of using racism to request donations! Wow. That you could post your racism and use this as a plea to obtain money for a racist, who was not murdered, but beaten, and obviously has medical expenses, but not funeral expenses, and his parents don’t have to bury their child or live without their child for the rest of their lives, and they should have health insurance to cover the medical expenses, anyway. You really can’t understand the difference here?! Wow. Maybe you should find someone who is not a racist and ask them to explain it to you, because I think it is obvious to anyone who is not a racist, but I’m sure you don’t know anyone who is not a racist. SMDH!

    • Ron Feezell

      A lot of hate in you woman why do you care he sees it his way do you think your always right REALLY …..You need a life

    • TyroneCobb

      you coalburner

    • Pat McGilvary

      Show me how you feel about these atrocities, or are you a racist.
      What disturbs you here happens over once every day concerning black on white crime, but you don’t care, because the victims are white.

    • m23543

      so where are you getting your facts of the little innocent baby narrative? so far we have the mans side of the story and now we have confirmation from one of the friends who said the teen did cross the street to confront this man. don’t you find it strange that the media is showing literally a picture when he was 8 or 9 yo? this was a young adult confronting a 60 something year old senior citizen.

  • TyroneCobb

    too bad he didnt shoot the other Nggers as well

    • Ron Feezell

      To bad your ass isn’t in jail

    • TyroneCobb

      I hope your daughter marries a niqqer

  • Sonoma473

    In the midst of this tragedy commited by a bigoted hate filled “man” the family speaks of” forgiveness” and “not holding a grudge” and putting it in the laws hand. Very seldom do you find a family filled with such faith which is a tremendous testament of this familys character. Beautiful people and i hope they continue in their faith and are given strength to continue facing this horrible event.

  • jrock

    anyone see the story from Aiken SC where the six black teens killed the white teen while robbing his house? Of course not. Black on white violence never gets past the local media. Meanwhile all you have to do is type black teen into google and this story comes up without even scrolling down. The whole “all white people are evil and racist” narrative has to stop. If the white guy hadn’t defended himself here there would only be a local blurb about an old man savagely beaten(or killed) by a group of “teens”

    • Sonoma473

      jrock. They are both tragedys. The white kid is still alive. Why does this even need to be about race? How many times do you think black kids havent gotten the coverage needed? This shouldnt be a contest about who does or doesnt get coverage because for every white boy you contend doent get enough coverage you could say the exact same thing about a black boy not getting coverage. How bout we take race out of the equation given we are all children of God-regardless of race-and start treating everybody the same and stop whining about race. Is their any way we can do that? I highly doubt it because of people like jon bill and tyrone. Karma truly is a bitch

    • TyroneCobb

      the blacks are used by the liberal media to sell news but they are too stupid to even realize it. Twice as many whites are shot by police but when was the last one reported on the news? If whites started rioting and looting like the blacks then there would be coverage. The liberal media wants destruction..angry blacks etc because it sells.

    • Kori Majhor

      And you old SOB. Go take a bath. Do the world a favor and delete, your life!!!!

    • exboyracer

      I bet people call you an idiot a lot. Trump voter I presume.

    • Ava

      There are twice as many whites in this country- of course there are twice as many white shot by police. If white people are mad about getting shot by police get the fuck off the internet and do something about it. Otherwise continue to sit the fuck down and be quiet.

    • TyroneCobb

      fuck you nigger

    • Ava

      hahahahaha you angry small dicked man smh.

    • Kori Majhor

      Go tell your story, somewhere else. One does not have to do, with the other. GO SCRATCH!!! You worry about your white crimes and we will worry about, our black men. Why are you even on this site? LOSER

    • Jesus Ortaga

    • Ava

      If you are upset about the white teen getting robbed then get the fuck off your ass and do something about it. Sitting on this computer complaining on a blog like a little bitch is doing nothing but make you look stupid. Stop watching the media and believing all of its lies and stand up for injustice instead of collecting likes on social media. I fucking hate people who complain but wont lift a finger to change a situation. damn

    • youarenotasaint

      I think I saw that on a different page, NOT THIS ONE. As far as this one goes, the “If the white guy hadn’t defended himself here there would only be a local blurb about an old man savagely beaten(or killed) by a group of “teens” I do agree with. But Smarten up!! Where is this narrative about the “all white people are evil and racist”? Because I read that people like you are doing the same thing in reverse. It’s on both sides and there is no need to point out who does it most because as soon as you do, you’re adding one more to whatever race you’re from making your point expose yourself as wrong.

  • Ron Feezell

    This is really something The boy died and and i think all of y’all are heartless the mother not to do this and what happens the war starts Marlene Fannon you need to stop as well …..Your name calling …and then you bring Trump into it when he is going to make us great again IM JOKING ABOUT THAT PART but really do we have to post this on here for the family to see / i say lets stop and stop it now ……My heart goes out to the Family for this little boy Good night all

    • TyroneCobb

      you called the ngger a boy..that’s racist!

  • Oingo Boingo

    The Trayvon/Giant Felon Brown sprog photo thang showing the miscreant that went after the White man as an innocent chowd is laughable and typical jewsmedia.

  • Pat McGilvary
  • alfredopesto

    what a shame. a white guy kills one
    black guy for bad reasons and it is a huge story, because the media
    wants to incite race wars as it sells papers and everyone can point at
    Trump (for no reason). meanwhile, in cities all over the country, blacks
    kill blacks and whitey too, at an unprecedented rate, but no one seems
    to care about that. this is no big deal…happens all the time. it was
    just a white shooter this time. you blacks want a race war? you are
    being provoked by the white run media into committing more murder, so you
    can be put into white run prisons for a profit, do not buy the hype.

  • IB Truthin

    So an old man was walking past the teans house, exchanged words, and the teen went after the white guy and got shot. Right?