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Gay bar rampager Robida dies

No trial for this guy. (AP):

The teenager suspected of a hatchet-and-gun attack in a Massachusetts gay bar and in the killing of two people in Arkansas, including a policeman, died Sunday of wounds suffered in a gun battle with officers, authorities said.

Jacob D. Robida, 18, died at 3:38 a.m. Sunday at Cox-South Hospital in Springfield, Mo., said hospital spokesman Randy Berger.

Robida, a high school dropout who friends said glorified Naziism, was shot twice in the head in a shootout with police Saturday after he killed a Gassville police officer and a woman in his car, authorities said.

Two days earlier, he allegedly went on a rampage at the Puzzles Lounge in New Bedford, Mass., that injured three men, one critically. Police labeled that attack a hate crime.

“I wish he would have lived and gone on trial,” said Dan Sheterom, 51, who lives above Puzzles Lounge and frequents the tavern. “I would have liked to have seen if the commonwealth here would have taken it up to the federal government as a hate crime.”

Related:
* Breaking: Robida captured
* PageOneQ: See Robida’s Nazi-loving website
* The face of hate in New Bedford via the Web
* Man, 18, sought in gay bar attack
* Massachusetts
* Enact Federal Hate Crime Laws Now

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