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    Keytar Bear Attacked

    The beloved icon Keytar Bear has been attacked. 

    (Published Sunday, June 18, 2017)

    Keytar Bear was back out playing music in Boston after being attacked by a group of teens while performing last weekend.

    The popular street musician, who dresses in a bear costume, was spotted playing his signature instrument in Copley Square on Wednesday afternoon as part of Make Music Day.

    His appearance came just four days after he was assaulted by three New Hampshire teens in the area of Congress and State streets. The suspects allegedly ripped off his mask before striking him several times in the face and body while using racial slurs.

    The suspects fled but were later caught hiding on top of a building a short distance away.

    The three juvenile suspects — a 15-year-old from Londonderry, a 16-year-old from Salem and a 17-year-old from Manchester — were charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct. The 16-year-old was also charged with possession of alcohol by a minor. Prosecutors said they are also reviewing the case for potential hate crime charges.

    In the days since the attack, there has been an outpouring of support for Keytar Bear on social media. A GoFundMe account set up to help him purchase new equipment had raised $9,500 as of Thursday morning. Police said the suspects damaged some of his equipment in the attack.

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