Relatives of former Jewish Defense League activist Earl Krugel are calling for an investigation into his death at a federal prison in Phoenix.
FBI agents on Monday interviewed inmates and prison guards at the medium-security prison, where Krugel, 62, was imprisoned for plotting to bomb a Culver City mosque and the field office of Arab American Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-Vista). But an FBI spokeswoman declined to provide additional details on Krugel's death, which occurred about 5:30 p.m. Friday, officials have said.
Krugel's sister, Linda, said she was told that her brother was struck on the head with a chunk of concrete while he was exercising on the prison grounds. She said the family wanted to know how the attack could have occurred inside a federal facility.
"Where was the security?" Linda Krugel asked Monday.
She called her brother's death "a hate crime," adding, "They did it because he is a Jewish hero."
State and federal law enforcement officials speaking on the condition of anonymity have said Krugel was attacked by a white supremacist. His killing came three days after he arrived at the prison to serve a 20-year sentence for plotting to bomb the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City and Issa's San Diego field office.