Attack on Asian AU Student Investigated as Possible Hate Crime

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Police are trying to determine whether a reported assault on an Asian student at Auburn University was a hate crime linked to animosity over last week's massacre by a Korean-American student at Virginia Tech.

The alleged attack, which left the victim with injuries including a busted lip and swollen cheek, reportedly occurred outside Lane Residence Hall three days after the shooting at Virginia Tech, where a gunman killed 32 people before turning a gun on himself.

Auburn police said the investigation was complicated because a cousin of the victim notified the media before contacting police, Holder said.

A police report wasn't filed until two days after the incident reportedly occurred, but officers are trying to determine whether any security cameras might have captured images of the reported attack, which occurred about 11:30 pm last Thursday.

President Ed Richardson said the university is working with police on the investigation.

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