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Friends host skateboard competition in honor of Anthony Huber

Posted at 11:09 PM, Sep 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 00:09:17-04

KENOSHA — Dozens of people gathered at Basik Skatepark in Kenosha on Sunday afternoon for a memorial competition in honor of Anthony Huber.

Huber, 26, was shot and killed during unrest in Kenosha following the Jacob Blake shooting.

Organizers hosted a skate competition called #SkateforHuber at the park, where plenty of people said they met Huber and would see him from time to time.

"I know a bunch of us especially like around my age definitely looked up to him a lot he was always pushing us to skate harder," said Max Seebeck, who helped organize the event.

"There was no reason for him to have passed away," said skater Alan Botello. "I'm here, yes, to pretty much support his memories here."

During the unrest in the days after the Jacob Blake shooting, investigators believe 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse first shot and killed 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum. That's when court documents say video shows Huber, skateboard in hand, appears to try to pull the gun away, before he is shot. A third man, 26-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz, was shot in the arm and survived.

Court documents say Huber was shot in the chest, and his heart and right lung were perforated.

"I was around there when it happened so I kind of heard it all go down," Seebeck said. "And I was like, oh those were definitely gunshots."

Rittenhouse's attorneys say Kyle was hit in the head with a skateboard, and they are claiming he acted in self-defense.

Seebeck said he thinks Huber was trying to stop the alleged shooter.

"He kind of did what we all hoped we’d do in that situation," Seebeck said.

Seebeck and others say they want people to think of Huber when they skate at the park. The messsage, "RIP A. Huber," is written on the side of one of the ramps.

"Everyone has a right to their own belief, and they have the right to go home with their lives," said Michael Anderson, who helped organize the event along with his son.

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