Larnell Bruce Jr., known affectionately as “Bubba” and “Man Man” to his parents and siblings, was born on September 1, 1996. He grew up in Vancouver, Washington.
Larnell was an energetic child who started playing peewee football when he was seven years old. As his dad recalled in a 2016 interview with The Oregonian, “We’d be sitting in the stands, and you could hear him just giggling on the field. He’s chasing someone to go tackle, but he’s just laughing.”
On August 10, 2016, Larnell was deliberately struck in a hit-and-run in Gresham, Oregon. He sustained life-threatening injuries and died on August 13, 2016.
The driver of the vehicle, Russell Courtier, is a known white supremacist. His girlfriend, Colleen Hunt, was in the passenger’s seat. As Larnell tried to flee, the vehicle chased him down and ran him over.
“We lost our son, brother, cousin, nephew, and friend to a senseless crime,” a family member reflected. “He was just nineteen years old and still had a full life to live.”