KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The parents of a University of Tennessee
student who was killed have no sympathy for the defendants or
extremists who want to use the racial aspects of the case for their
Gary Christian told The Associated Press that it was not a
His 21-year-old daughter, Channon Christian, and her 23-year-old
boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, were carjacked and slain in January.
Channon Christian was also raped.
The victims were white; the four suspects charged with the
murders and a fifth suspect charged with being an accessory after
the fact in the carjacking all are black. Three of the five
suspects were arrested in Kentucky.
Conservative critics claim the national media ignored the crime
because the victims weren't black and the suspects aren't white.
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