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Kansas Hate Crime Hero Honored by Time Magazine

Ian Grillot
Ian Grillot is honored by members of the Indian American community

Time Magazine has honored Ian Grillot as one of its ‘5 Heroes Who Gave Us Hope in 2017’. Grillot came to the aid of Indian American Alok Mudasani when he and his friend were attacked at a bar in Kansas City earlier this year.

Grillot managed to save Mudasani by putting himself between the victim and the shooter and, consequently, got injured. Fittingly, Time Magazine has given him the title of “the bargoer who stepped into the line of fire”.

The Kansas City Star quotes Grillot:“I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if I didn’t do anything”.

The Indian community in Houston was particularly touched by Grillot’s altruistic act and proceeded to raise $100,000 for him to buy a home in Kansas. The attack was an act of bigotry that Grillot chose to stand up against. Indian Americans in Texas furthered that Grillot “reminds us of the promise of America and its greatness.”

Adam W. Purinton, 52,is facing charges in the death of one man and the injuries to two others.

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