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Survivors, family commemorate bias-motivated shootings anniversary


Survivors and the family of the victim of a hate-motivated shooting spree gathered Monday to mark the 10-year anniversary of the shootings.

White supremacist Buford Furrow, Jr. went to the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills and fired on a woman, three boys attending day camp at the center, and a teenage camp counselor named Mindy Finkelstein.

Mindy Finkelstein: "I am here today as the survivor of a hate crime, and of gun violence, and I promise I’ll work very hard on solutions to these issues that I wholeheartedly believe in. But I’m also a woman that will not let one moment in my life determine who I am. I’ve never considered myself a victim because I think part of that word gives in. To me, calling myself a victim means Furrow wins."

Finkelstein says it’s now her responsibility to speak out on behalf of victims like Joseph Ileto. He’s the Filipino-American postal worker Buford Furrow, Jr. shot and killed later that day in Chatsworth. Furrow eventually pleaded guilty to the shootings and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.