Cal State Student Prez Stabbed in Hate Crime

Attackers shouted racial slurs
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2010 2:24 AM CDT
Joseph Igbineweka, 23, is in stable condition in a local hospital.   (California State University)

(Newser) – The student body president of the California State University in Chico was stabbed and wounded in what police say was a racially motivated hate crime. Nigerian-born Joseph Igbineweka was attacked by two men who followed him and shouted racial slurs as he walked home from a party, CNN reports.

Igbineweka, who says the attack was completely unprovoked, was stabbed four times. He's in stable condition in a local hospital. One man, 19, was arrested soon after the attack and charged with attempted murder. "I'm just happy they caught one of the guys," Igbineweka told the Chico Enterprise-Record. "It'd be much more painful if they hadn't caught him. I'm praying they give this guy maximum punishment." (Read more hate crime stories.)

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