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Several hundred gather at vigil for beaten driver

April 11, 2014
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Several hundred people are gathering at a Detroit church to stand against racism and pray for a white motorist beaten by a black mob after he stopped to check on a child struck by his pickup truck.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan joined clergy and the motorist's family Thursday evening at Historic Little Rock Baptist Church.

Bishop Charles Ellis III urged the community not to dwell on the bad, but to embrace good in the city, including good Samaritans.

Fifty-four-year-old Steve Utash was attacked April 2 when he stopped to help 10-year-old David Harris.

Utash remains hospitalized with severe head injuries. Harris suffered leg and other injuries.

A 16-year-old boy is charged as a juvenile with assault and ethnic intimidation. Four men are charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

 
 

 

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