Loved ones honor teen who was intentionally run over

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Family and friends remembered the life of a young man who died after a man intentionally ran him over with a car on August 11.

Larnell Bruce would have been 20 years old on September 1, the day his loved ones gathered at the Rosewood Initiative Center for a candle light vigil hosted by Don’t Shoot Portland.

“We’re celebrating the life that he had. The good things,” said Bruce’s mother, Christina Mines.

Many in attendance believe the incident was racially motivated, but despite the difficult times, Mines forgives those responsible.

Bruce received a traumatic brain injury after an altercation with Russel Courtier and Colleen Hunt ended with Bruce being run over. Courtier admitted to police that he intentionally ran Bruce down.

“The people that did this to my son. I just want them to know that I love them and that I forgive them and I’m sorry and it’s going to be OK,” Mines said.

Both Hunt and Courtier are charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and felony hit and run.

The family also has a GoFundMe set up to help with the unexpected funeral costs.

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