Attack on Asian AU Student Investigated as Possible Hate Crime

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Dennis Location: Boston, Massachusetts on Apr 30, 2007 at 03:48 AM
    One wonders if A.U. officials or the police investigating the incident will actually report this crime to the F.B.I., the agency that compiles hate crime incidents and hate crimes. Nationwide universities rarely seem to report hate crime indicents to the F.B.I., and Alabama has a dismal record of reporting hate crimes at all. The F.B.I. compiled just three hate crime incidents in Alabama in 2004. By comparison in that same year sparsely populated Alaska reported eight hate crime incidents to the F.B.I., and Alabama's neighbor, Tennessee, reported 89.
  • by Jim Bacon Location: Black,Alabama on Apr 25, 2007 at 09:58 PM
    I certainly hope this beating at A.U. did not stem from the incident at V.T. I would like to think that our A.U. students are too intelligent for this kind of thing. What if this troubled young man at V.T. had been African, Spanish, Italian,Cherokee, Baptist, your brother, my brother, then what????.
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