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Anti-Gay Hate Crime in Massachusetts

July 6, 2011

Nine youths are facing hate crime charges in the attack of an openly gay man in Springfield, Massachusetts.

According to Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney, the 30-year-old victim was beaten and robbed at a park early Tuesday morning.

“He was knocked to the ground and punched in the face with closed fists, and kicked in the head and abdomen,” Delaney said. “During the beating, the females encouraged the males to beat up the victim.”

Delaney said the suspects also yelled anti-gay slurs at the victim.

Shay Andre Edwards, 19, was arrested on unarmed robbery and violation of civil rights with injury charges. Eight other suspects, ranging in ages 12 to 19, are also facing charges.

via Massachusetts teen, eight juveniles accused of attacking gay man | News Blog from 365gay.com.

  1. July 6, 2011 at 2:29 am

    As young as 12!!?!?? Such a shame! I hope these brats get what’s coming!

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