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Nov 19, 2010 11:42 PM by Nicole Vandeputte

Rally to stop bullies in Pueblo

We've got the latest now on an apparent hate crime in Pueblo. Police say they've got a suspect in their sights. A man they believe attacked a teenager, because he's black. It's a crime that's struck a cord with the Pueblo community.

Students are holding an anti-hate rally this Sunday. It's become about more than what happened to 15 year old Korbin Williams. It's about bullies. Some Pueblo teens and their families are ready to fight back.

Last week, we told you about Korbin Williams. The Pueblo West High School teenager says he was attacked at a football game because he's black. He said, "He called me a stupid "N" and punched me in the face."

Kyandra London, a sophomore at Pueblo West High School was with Korbin. She says she watched helplessly as her friend blacked out, and, the attacker ran. She says, "We didn't know what to do. All we could do was yell for help and hope somebody would come."

Korbin's wounds have healed, but his attack struck a nerve. Kyandra says she keeps replaying the violence over in her mind. It's not just the students who witnessed the attack who are upset. Taylen Trujillo is a sophomore at Pueblo West High School. She doesn't know Korbin, but she says the attack shook a lot of students.

She was talking about the incident over dinner with her mom and a friend, Josette Jaramillo. They decided to take action. They organized an anti-hate rally in Pueblo. The rally isn't just about what happened to Korbin. They want to stop all bullying. Taylen says, "At Pueblo West, we've had quite a few students commit suicide in the past couple of years." She says a lot of those suicides were tied to bullying.
 
Josette Williams helped organize the rally. She says, "I think it's important for the community of Pueblo to stand up and say, no more. We've had enough." Everyone is encouraged to attend the rally. Taylen says, "It tells students they aren't alone. They can come together. People are there to support them."

That rally will be held on Sunday at 5 p.m. At Red Raven Studio in Pueblo. That is at 1143 E. Evans. There will be speakers and a candlelight vigil.

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