Naperville teen beaten on Iowa campus in alleged hate crime

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IOWA CITY, Iowa --  A student from Naperville studying at the University of Iowa was hospitalized after an apparent racially motivated attack last weekend near campus.

Marcus Owens was attacked outside a lounge in Iowa City.

He says he was talking on the phone when he heard someone call him the “N”-word.

He ignored but then heard it again and saw a man coming toward him throwing a punch that Marcus dodged.

He says two more men joined in and beat him until a bystander yelled to stop.

Marcus walked to a local hospital where he learned he was left with a broken eye socket and two chipped teeth and stitches to his lip.

He calls the experience a nightmare but still plans on staying at the University of Iowa.

Today he and his parents met with the university dean as  local police investigate this as a hate crime.


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