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Community rallies behind monk who was victim of hate crime

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Community members gathered in Hood River Friday night to support Kozen Sampson, a Buddhist monk who was the victim of a possible hate crime.(Nora Hart, KPTV) Community members gathered in Hood River Friday night to support Kozen Sampson, a Buddhist monk who was the victim of a possible hate crime.(Nora Hart, KPTV)
HOOD RIVER, OR (KPTV) -

A community is rallying together in Hood River to show support for a Buddhist monk who was the victim of a possible hate crime.

Dozens of people showed up with a candle in hand in downtown Hood River Friday evening. Although it was a violent altercation that sparked the gathering, the event was all about peace.

Kozen Sampson, a Buddhist monk from Trout Lake, was attacked on February 29 by an unknown man in a Hood River neighborhood. The suspect allegedly kicked Sampson's car door, hitting him in the head.

“All I remember is him yelling, screaming an obscenity about Muslims and kicking the door,” Sampson recalled.

Friends of the monk could not believe Sampson would be attacked.

Sampson said that initial response was a state of shock, which then quickly changed to compassion and empathy.

"My first thought was, ‘Why is this happening?’ I stopped bleeding and drove home and got a real sense of sorrow,” he said. “Can you imagine living your life filled with anger, wanting to hurt people?”

Sampson said he forgives the man who attacked him, and that there is even a positive takeaway from the experience.

“How many communities have a little thing happen to someone who’s not very important and everybody shows up?” he said. “It’s really special.”

 Speakers addressed an emotional crowd, then Sampson wrapped up the gathering.

“I’m going to think of the young man tonight who assaulted me, and I’m going to think of him and say ‘May you be well, may you be happy, may you know love, may you know peace.”

Hood River Police are still on the lookout for the man who attacked Kozen Sampson. The suspect is described as a white man with brown hair.

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