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Rally planned in support of beating victim

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When Justin Doerfler read about Sunday’s brutal assault in downtown Brainerd — an assault law officers believe was racially motivated — he said Thursday he felt he should have been there to help the 53-year-old black victim, Willie Navy.

“I’ve got (racially) mixed family myself,” said Doerfler, an Army National Guard veteran who served 10 1/2 months in Afghanistan and returned home last June.

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