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Racist message is defied in Lunenburg

Rally supports targeted athlete

LUNENBURG — Several hundred residents packed in and around a gazebo in the center of town Sunday night holding a candlelight vigil to show their support for a 13-year-old high school football player whose home was recently spray-painted with a racial slur.

Isaac Phillips, the football player, looked out into the crowd of hundreds, facing a sea of teammates wearing blue-and-white jerseys, and said he was struck by those who rallied around him in solidarity.

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