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Jewish University of New Mexico Student Attacked in Possible Hate Crime

A freshman at University of New Mexico was taken to the hospital and treated for serious injuries including internal bleeding and a concussion. 

Roni Saponar told KOB 4 he was beat up by a group of guys during a party earlier this month. Saponar was wearing a shirt that said “Just Jew It.”

According to Saponar, the suspects also stole his shoes and smartwatch.  “They weren’t just trying to take my stuff — there was a feeling behind it,” he said.

Saponar told KOB 4 he is from Israel and is Jewish. “So there had to be some kind of anger behind it,” he added.

He said the attackers also yelled antisemitic slurs. A spokesperson with the Albuquerque Police Department told KOB 4 it’s too early to know if the attack was a hate crime.