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He asked 'Where are you from?' Hate crime victim remembers, forgives

It's a remarkable story: A hate crime victim who was shot in the face and left partly blinded in one eye during a post-9/11 killing spree, now petitioning to spare the life of his attacker.

Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim who was born in Bangladesh, recalls what happened to him the afternoon of September 21, 2001. "A man with a gun entered the gas station where I was working. He asked me 'Where are you from?' The question seemed strange to ask during a robbery."

The man who shot him is Mark Anthony Stroman, who later admitted to being distraught in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks and shooting people he believed were Arabs. He killed two others during his rampage, Waqar Hasan, a Pakistani immigrant who was Muslim, and Vasudev Patel, an Indian immigrant who was Hindu.

Stroman is scheduled to be executed tomorrow in Texas; Bhuiyan has been trying to spare Stroman's life. He has been circulating a petition to commute Stroman's sentence to life in prison via his website, World Without Hate. The New York Times featured interviews with both men earlier this week.

Bhuiyan says in the video: "Human lives are precious, and no one has a right to take another human's life."

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