Stabbing death shocks Southeast community

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) An Angoon man was stabbed to death at his home Saturday night, relatives said.

Richard ''Buddy'' George Jr., 27, died shortly before 7 p.m. at Angoon Health Clinic, said his grandmother, Judy George of Douglas.

His body was flown to Juneau on Sunday afternoon for an autopsy.

''It's been a shock to people here,'' said state Rep. Al Kookesh, D-Angoon. ''At 4 p.m., the plane came to take his body away and half the town was down on the float. I've lived here all my life, and you never see this.''

Officials at the Angoon Public Safety Department refused comment on the case. Chief Jesse Daniels said Alaska State Troopers were helping his department with an investigation but he refused to reveal details.

Alaska State Troopers also declined comment.

Buddy George was born in Angoon to Richard Sr. and Barbara George. He worked odd jobs in town.

''He worked construction, any kind of temporary jobs that were available,'' Judy George said. ''There's no economy there.''

Buddy George and his partner, Deni Starr, also from Angoon, had two daughters, Kendra, 6, and Star, 17 months.

''He loved his kids,'' Judy George said. ''He was a quiet person. He lived his own little life. He was a pretty happy person. He was family oriented.''

The news of George's death spread quickly through Angoon on Saturday night, Kookesh said.

George graduated from Angoon High School and was known for his passion for basketball. A former high school player, he also was a regular at the Gold Medal tournaments in Juneau, which draws teams from throughout Southeast.

''Everybody plays basketball in Angoon, and Buddy was one of the better ballplayers,'' Kookesh said.

He said the death touched the entire community.

''In Angoon, you have to go a long way to find people that aren't related,'' Kookesh said. ''If they're not blood related, they're tribally related. And even if you're not related, when something happens, everybody feels it.''

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