Dallas Man Convicted of Murder in "Backlash" Attack; Receives Death Sentence

April 2, 2002

Source: Yahoo.com


On April 2, 2002, Yahoo News reported "Texan Convicted of Killing Indian Over Sept. 11." The article noted that "A Dallas jury took less than an hour to convict Mark Stroman, 32, who had told police and a Dallas TV station he shot naturalized U.S. citizen Vasudev Patel last October because he thought the Indian man looked Middle Eastern and he wanted vengeance for the hijack attacks on New York and the Pentagon. 'He (Stroman) is so full of hate,' Patel's brother-in-law Mukesh Patel said outside the courtroom. 'He said he has skin allergies against people like us. I'm happy he was found guilty so quickly by the jury.'" The article continued, "Patel was gunned down in the gas station he owned in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, where Stroman lived. Stroman is also charged with killing a Dallas-area convenience store clerk, Waquar Hassan, on Sept. 15 and is suspected in a third shooting that injured another store clerk, Rais Uddin."