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06/07/05 - Jasper

Community Leaders Pay Tribute To Hate Crime Victim

by Ramonica R. Jones

Tuesday marked the seven-year anniversary of one of the most vicious hate crimes in our nation's history.

Community leaders and family members of James Byrd, Jr. had a service at the memorial park in Jasper. The park is named in his honor.

The 49-year-old man was chained to the back of a pick-up truck and dragged to his death in Jasper on June 7, 1998.

Two of the men convicted in Byrd's death are on death row, the third man is serving a life sentence.

Tuesday's service was the first of its kind in honor of Byrd's death. Flowers were placed in the park in his memory.

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