Minutes after Hmong immigrant Chai Soua Vang testified Thursday that he gunned down six white deer hunters in self-defense, his mother issued a plea for people to get along.
Sao Hang had her statement read by another relative outside the Sawyer County Courthouse in Hayward.
In it, she says the fatal confrontation could have been prevented if people could learn to respect each other. She also says she's still baffled and shocked about the shootings and grieves with the victims' families.
Meanwhile, on a nearby street corner in Hayward, a white man in sunglasses and camouflage hat displayed a cardboard sign that read, "Killer Vang. Send Back to Vietnam. Support the victims."
Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager has headed the prosecution at Vang's murder trial.
She tells The Associated Press the case could affect relations between Hmong and white hunters ... and she plans to address that issue in the future. She didn't elaborate.