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Native man forgives accused after assault
An Alaska Native man who was the victim of a racially-motivated assault forgives the two accused assailants but says he remains fearful for his safety.

Eddie Barr was walking on the street on August 5 when police say Robert Gum, 19, and Deanna Powers, 20, attacked him. They threw eggs at him, pushed him, kicked him and yelled racial slurs.

"I prayed for them just a little bit," Barr told KTUU-TV of his thoughts during the incident. "I said, 'Lord Jesus, let them go,' in my mind. And they keep at it they get worse. They're calling me names they're threatening my life. I didn't know what to say to them. I didn't know how to respond. It was scary it was very scary."

Police in Anchorage arrested Gum and Powers after they posted a video of their attack on YouTube. "I hate you Eskimos," they reportedly said, The Anchorage Daily News reported.

Barr, who is homeless, said he is still fearful the couple or their friends might come after him. "You know I pray for them, though," Barr said. "I'm hoping they'll change their attitudes."

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Hate crime victim speaks out, forgives the accused (KTUU 8/14)
Race seems to be sole reason for downtown attack (The Anchorage Daily News 8/15)

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