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Boy attacked because of the color of his shorts

Boy attacked because of the color of his shorts



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A football player was attacked while walking home from practice. Salt Lake City police say he may have been targeted because of the color of the shorts he was wearing.

Police say it happened last night near 700 North and 1200 West. The 14-year-old boy was walking home from Little League football practice. He was wearing red shorts and was approached by four suspects, who stopped their car.

Salt Lake City detective Robyn Snyder said, "One of them asked him something to the effect of what's your gang affiliation, and he answered I'm not a gang member. That one male got out of the car and punched the victim in the face."

Snyder said the victim tried to fight back, and that's when the other three attacked. The struggle ended when a passer-by showed up.

The boy was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Snyder says thankfully, such events are rare.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com

Marc Giauque

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