Student's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ADA, Okla (AP) - The F-B-I is now looking into whether the death of a black East Central University football player from the Dallas area was a hate crime.

The Oklahoma N-Double-A-C-P says the death of 18-year-old Joseph Tusan of Arlington in a traffic crash came after a racial argument. F-B-I spokesman Gary Johnson says a preliminary investigation is under way. The report will be sent to the Justice Department in Washington.

Tusan died September 19th after being thrown from the bed of a pickup when it was hit from the rear by another truck near Ada, Oklahoma.

A white man -- Ammon Reich of Konawa, Oklahoma -- is charged with first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the case.

Authorities say the crash came after Tusan and a group of students looking for a party had confrontations with another group and racial slurs were made.


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