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MCSO - Russell Orlando Courtier, 37.MCSO - Colleen Hunt, 35.Authorities say the death of a 19-year-old man in Gresham was a hate crime committed by an alleged white supremacist and his girlfriend.

A grand jury re-indicted Russell Orlando Courtier, 38, and Colleen Hunt, 35, with charges of intimidation Monday afternoon. Before both had been charged with the murder of Larnell Bruce, a black teen from Vancouver.

According to the indictment, Courtier and Hunt acted together and intentionally caused harm to Bruce based on their perception of race and color.

Courtier and Bruce got into a physical altercation outside a 7-Eleven on Northeast 188th Avenue and Burnside Street on Aug. 10. Police say Bruce tried to run away, but according to a probable cause affidavit for the arrest, Courtier told a detective he intentionally chased and hit Bruce with his red 1991 Jeep Wrangler. Hunt was the passenger.

In court documents Hunt said she encouraged Courtier to fight with Bruce by yelling “get him baby, get him.”

The documents also show that Courtier told detectives he “made a conscious decision to drive his vehicle towards and chase the black male.”

GRESHAM PD - Larnell Malik Bruce died Saturday of his injuries. He was 19. Bruce was taken to the hospital, where he later died from injuries. Police have confirmed that he was armed with a machete during the fight with Courtier.

Tattoos seen in Facebook photos has linked Courtier to a white supremacist group based in Oregon.

The photos show he has a tattoo on his leg with the letters E and K. Those letters are commonly associated with showing an affiliation to the European Kindred, a gang formed in Oregon prisons in the 1990s.

Courtier and Hunt are being held without bail in a Multnomah County jail, and are facing the additional felony charge of failing to perform the duties of a driver.

According to the Portland Mercury, in addition to the tattoo, one of Courtier’s associates also commented “us kindred” on one of the photos on Facebook, and Courtier posted derogatory language in the comment section.

The European Kindred gang has spread into prisons in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico.

Nine people testified in person before the grand jury that re-indicted Courtier and Hunt. Three testified by affidavit.

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