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      Hate crime awareness coalition to meet in Kalamazoo Thursday

      KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There's been speculation that the beating death of Comstock Township native Bryan Higgins in San Francisco may be a hate crime.

      Police in California are investigating that possibility.

      Here in Kalamazoo, however, a hate crime awareness coalition has formed, and its first meeting is Thursday night.

      The group was started last month, after Newschannel 3 broke the news that a lesbian couple's home was broken into on the north side, and someone painted hate speech all over the walls.

      The meeting runs from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at the Douglass Community Association, on Patterson Street.

      Newschannel 3 will be in attendance, and will have more coverage on the meeting.

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