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San Diego sheriff wants help in possible hate-crime beating of black teens

May 4, 2009 | 12:21 pm

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department today appealed for help in finding additional witnesses to a possible hate-crime attack on African American teenagers at a party last month.

More than 150 high school-age students were attending a party on April 11 in rural Dulzura when a brawl broke out. Several African American teenagers were reportedly beaten as their attackers yelled racial slurs.

So far, 22 sheriff's investigators have interviewed 43 witnesses; interviews with 12 more are pending. The department wants help in finding another 25 to 30 witnesses at the party.

The department has identified seven victims of the alleged assault -- all of whom had left when deputies arrived at the party.

Anyone with information is asked to call (619) 473-3046.

-- Tony Perry

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