Amen to that. Murder is murder.
What concers me about the "hate crime" issue is its potential for abuse. I can see people being accused of hate crime because they led racist organizations that did bad things. Then they're accused of hate crime because of speeches they gave at rallies that were followed by an act of violence. Then, case by case, the very expression of a racial viewpoint is "hate crime."
Same thing with terrorism. Case by case, I can see it growing to start stifling First Amendment rights and political opposition.
We've also seen a disturbing tendency for left wingers to use those terms selectively as political trump cards. Why is it that an interracial murder is a hate crime when it goes one way, but not if it goes another? Why is crime against one faith "hate" but another faith isn't?
If a family member is murdered, they're not more dead because the killer acted based on skin color, nor would they be less dead if they didn't. All murder is a "hate" crime, because it's the most prejudicial act you can take against another person.