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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The fourth and final suspect is charged in the brutal death of a former Waterloo man; believed, by his family, to have been murdered as a hate crime. 
32-year-old Zemir Begic, a Bosnian immigrant, was beaten to death with hammers in St. Louis late last November.

 Police say it happened right in front of his girlfriend

Four teens are accused of killing Begic, but until this week, juvenile courts were still deciding how to try the last teen.
KWWL's Jessica Hartman spoke with Zemir's brother about the new development. 
"He walked in. He looked at me. I mean I looked in his eyes. He looked at me and put his head down," said Rasim Begic.
 

  Rasim Begic is referring to 17 year old Travis Kidd.
   A St. Louis Juvenile Court determined Kidd will be tried as an adult for murder of Rasim's brother.
  Prosecution is holding Kidd responsible for the fatal blow.

"But actually look at him in his eyes and finding out, I didn't even know, but finding out that day, Monday, that it was him who actually hit him in the head," said Rasim.
   10 months after Zemir's death, his family is finally getting some answers.
"After they told him, he was going to be tried as an adult; me and my uncle, it was just tears running down our faces. We were just happy, but then there was that sad moment where we are stilling in a courtroom because one of our family members got murdered," said Rasim.
The family has been traveling back and forth to St. Louis a lot for the court hearings, so they say it's nice to have Zemir here, back at home, where they can keep him company.
Rasim says the weekly visits have brought his family closer together. Especially with his other surviving brother.
    "There was three of us and now there is only two of us. So you got to hold on tight," reflected Rasim.
The family is now waiting for a trial date to be set 
    Three other teens are charged in Zemir's death; all be tried as adults as well. 

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