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, Albuquerque Judaism Examiner

Branding victim’s healing only beginning as tormentors head to prison

 

ALBUQUERQUE – On Aug. 18, 2011 the public finally got to hear hate-crime victim Vincent Kee, who was branded with a swastika in an April 29, 2010 incident in Farmington, New Mexico, and his words pierced the heart. “Why, why would they, why would they hurt me?” he said to television reporters outside the federal courthouse in Albuquerque.

 

What brought Kee to Albuquerque this last week was the announcement that two of the three defendants crime were to be sentenced after pleading guilty to violating the federal law against crimes based on prejudice.

 

Kee, who is mentally disabled as a result of fetal alcohol syndrome, waited outside the courtroom as his adoptive mother, relatives and victim advocate attended the hearing on the ninth floor of the federal courthouse at Lomas and 3rd. As the press flooded out of the courtroom, he held the door open with a laughing gesture as if he were host of ceremonies, clearly enjoying the attention. But later outside the building, as he stood with his family and answered a few questions put to him in front of television cameras, tears began to stream down his face. When asked what he felt about the defendants at the hearing, he said he wished they had said more about what they did to him.

 

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http://www.examiner.com/judaism-in-albuquerque/swastika-branding-hate-crime-guilty-plea



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