Angoon man stabbed, dies

Public Safety Department, state troopers refuse to comment

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2003

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 Sunday afternoon for autopsy.

"It's been a shock to people here," said Al Kookesh, a member of the Alaska State House of Representatives and an Angoon resident. "At 4 p.m. (Sunday), 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 to comment on the case. Chief Jesse Daniels said Alaska State Troopers were helping his department with an investigation, but he refused to reveal details or specifically cite the George case. The Alaska State Troopers also declined to comment, and troopers spokesmen did not return phone calls Sunday.

Buddy George was born in Angoon to Richard Sr. and Barbara George. He worked odd jobs in town. He was known as Buddy as long as his grandmother could remember, she said.

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

Buddy 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 Buddy's death spread quickly through Angoon Saturday night, Kookesh said. George heard about the stabbing shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday night from her daughter in Angoon.

Officials at the Angoon Health Clinic would not comment Sunday night.

Buddy graduated from Angoon High School. Basketball was his passion. He was a 6-foot shooting guard for the Angoon boys basketball team. He was also a regular at the Gold Medal tournaments in Juneau.

"Everybody plays basketball in Angoon, and Buddy was one of the better ballplayers," Kookesh said. "He had a beautiful long-range set shot. He was, of course, the speedy young guy."

Buddy was the youngest of three brothers. His two older brothers are Edward and Woody. Buddy also had a younger sister, Jennifer. Another sister, Dixie, died earlier.

Buddy was quiet, Kookesh said.

"He was really quiet, but the kids that went to high school with him said that when you got to know him he was a lot of fun to be around," Kookesh said. "He seemed awfully quiet and not very boisterous. Just a very serious young man. I sure enjoyed him."

Buddy also loved to hunt and fish, Kookesh said.

"Last week, his mother was saying he had gotten some sockeye, and they were very happy working on fish," Kookesh said. "This is an emotional thing for them. They were really high last week."

Burial services will be announced later.

"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."

"I think everybody's in shock," he said. "It's something that will take a while to get over."

Korry Keeker can be reached at korry.keeker@juneauempire.com.



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