CSU Student Gov’t President Stabbed in Alleged Hate Crime

(via studentactivism):

The student government president at California’s Chico State University was stabbed late Saturday night in what police are calling a bias crime.

Joseph Igbineweka, a Nigerian immigrant, was accosted on his way home from a party by two men yelling racial slurs. One of the two, identified as Chico resident Barry Sayavong, is said to have attacked Igbineweka with a knife, causing injuries to his arms, torso, and neck.

A Facebook profile indicates that Sayavong attends a nearby community college.

Igbineweka, a 23-year-old political science major, immigrated to the United States eight years ago. He is said to be recovering from his wounds, and spoke to a local reporter earlier today.

This is the second apparent bias incident to hit the Chico State student government this month. Just a week ago, campaign signs for a candidate of Middle Eastern descent were defaced, one with the word “Arab.”

Also, read CNN cover of this story.

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