Civil Rights Activist Found Beaten to Death

Associated Press

An assistant principal and outspoken civil rights activist was found beaten to death in his burned-out bedroom.

The body of Everette Knapper, 55, was discovered Wednesday after another resident of his house came home early from work and saw smoke. Police had no suspects.

Knapper, a 29-year employee of the Kanawha County school system, often wrote letters to newspaper editors criticizing what he considered racist actions by city officials. He also was a frequent critic of the Kanawha County school board, was involved in civic organizations and worked to help impoverished blacks.

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