A Boston man who was allegedly attacked by a group of teenage girls at his local transit station told police he believed he was targeted because he was gay.
As local news channel WHDH is reporting, the victim, whose name has not been released, said a group of girls not only beat him up, but also hollered a series of racial slurs at him before stealing his backpack. Police say the victim was found with cuts on his face and bleeding from his nose, and are now investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.
One 18-year-old suspect has so far been questioned, although police say they are looking for at least two other suspects.
"[The victim] was on the receiving end of two kinds of violence: one, the physical violence against his body, and the other, the hate violence against his spirit," one passenger declared.
The incident follows an earlier attack on a Bridgewater State University student who wrote a pro-marriage equality piece in her campus newspaper and is also being investigated as a hate crime.