Robert L Westerbeck burns cross. Sister Virginia was stabbed.
Brother Of Stabbed Girl Burns Cross CINCINNATI (UPI)-Two seven-foot crosses were burned at a street intersection in an integrat ed housing development this week by the brother of a girl who was stabbed by a Negro. Police said Robert L. Westerback, 26, admitted burning the crosses in the street in Findlater Gardens because "we just wanted to make them realize these things (the stabbing) shouldn't happen." Police held j Westerbeck and his friends for investigation in the case. The victim, a senior business student, was reported to be recovering from her wound in a hospital here. Westerbeck's sister Virginia, 18, was stabbed in the abdomen with a fishing knife Thursday by a youth whose advances she re buffed. She told authorities at Centra Vocational High School that i young Negro who accosted her while she was leaving the girls' room stabbed her when she screamed. School employes found the gir staggering down the hall with a four-inch fishing knife still lodged in her body. The incident spurred a citywide search for the assailant, described by the girl as about-lS, six feet tall, slender, Negro, and wearing a shortsleeved white shirt with floral design. Police arrested seven suspects released six ,and held the seventh without charge. He denied the attack. Westerbeck said he and some friends lit the crosses to shake up some Negroes in retaliation for the stabbing. "What would you do if your sis' ter was stabbed by one of them?' Westerbeck asked officers.