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Hate crime victims in Long Beach Halloween beating address court February 1, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Anti-White, Black on White, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Halloween attack, Halloween beating, Halloween Long Beach, Hate Crime, Judge Gibson Lee, Laura, Michelle.
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Emotional pleas from three white young women attacked by a mob of black teens on Halloween were made Wednesday to Long Beach Superior Court Judge Gibson Lee.The victims – who were attacked by a group of 20 to 40 youths who yelled racial slurs, pelted the young women with with fruit and pumpkins, then beat the victims to the ground using fists, feet, a skateboard and tree branches – implored the judge to give the harshest sentence possible for the nine teens convicted in the case.

The victims talked about the pain they endured the night of the beatings, as well as their struggles to recover from ongoing injuries.

In addition to the physical scars, they described psychological torment triggered by the attack and exacerbated by the contentious and lengthy trial.

Loren was the first of the three victims to address Judge Lee Wednesday.

“It is a terrible feeling to enter that courtroom and be surrounded by the defendants and then treated by the defense like I am a criminal,” Loren said. “I was completely honest on the witness stand, and my reward was being called a liar by the defense … it’s an insult to my character.”

The Press-Telegram has opted not to identify the victims,

the witnesses and those accused in the attack out of concern for their safety.

The 21-year-old was followed by her friends Laura and Michelle, both 19, who addressed the court for the very first time when giving their impact statements.

“Perhaps the only thing worse than suffering the 13 facial fractures was watching my best friend Laura lying on the ground, lifeless, while being beaten and kicked and being helpless to stop it,” Loren said, starting to cry.

“It seems so odd

to me now that I never thought I was going to die, but remained focused on trying desperately to save Laura, because I thought for sure one wrong blow to her head and she would be dead.”

As she spoke, Laura broke into loud sobs and collapsed onto her mother’s shoulder.

All three girls cried throughout their statements, and as they listened to their friends recall the toll the beatings have taken.

The nine convicted teens sat quietly throughout the statements, with only brief flickers of what looked to be distress on their faces.

All nine were convicted of felony assault with the intent to cause great bodily injury. A tenth, a 12-year-old girl, was cleared of the charges and released from custody.

Eight of the nine were also convicted on hate-crime allegations and six were found guilty of a second enhancement; that they personally inflicted great bodily injury on their victims.

They face sentences ranging from probation to time in the California Youth Authority, the state’s prison system for juvenile offenders.

Their sentences, or dispositions as they are called in juvenile court, will be broken up over three days, beginning on Friday.

CARD {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: presstelegram.com

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