Intertribal gathering aims to raise funds for funeral of murder victim

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A group of local community members gathered at Alaska Pacific University's Atwood Center on Sunday to host a "Stop the Violence" intertribal gathering.

Portions of the money raised will go toward funding a funeral for Tony Susook, a man that was recently beaten to death in Anchorage.

His sister, Janice Susook, said just over $2,000 is needed to cover the cost of the burial.

The man behind this weekends event, Rodney McCord, tells KTUU that he did not know Tony, but formerly worked with members of Susook's family. McCord says that Susook's death was particulary hard for the community because of the violent nature of this crime.

"I thought it was the saddest news in the world, especially having it happen to someone I know and their family," he said. "In every native culture, helping one and other is really big in the values."

Susook's family is still trying to raise the money for his burial, which is being arranged through Legacy Funeral Homes.