FBI Investigating Beating Outside Gay Club as a Hate Crime

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 12:47pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 2:26pm

EL PASO -  Update: Wednesday: The FBI is now investigating the beating of a 22 year old man as a hate crime.

Local spokesman Special Agent Michael Martinez told NewsChannel 9 the story was handed over to his office on Tuesday afternoon.

The beating took place early Saturday morning outside of the Old Plantation, or OP, a local gay club.

The victim's family told us this morning that the 22 year old man is still in critical condition.

They hope the FBI's involvement brings more attention to the case.

(original story)

A 22-year-old Hispanic man is in critical condition after being attacked in Downtown El Paso early Saturday morning.

The beating took place outside of the Old Plantation or OP, which is a popular gay club.

El Paso police say they have no evidence to label the attack a hate crime, however the family feels otherwise.

We spoke with the victim's sister, Deanne Martinez, this morning at UMC where her brother is still listed in critical condition.

Martinez was there Saturday and witnessed the attack. "He was on the floor laying there knocked out and they still kept bashing his head with a bat. That to me is so cowardly. "

Martinez says she and another family member tried to stop the attack but the men turned on them, she said "I was trying to pull out my brother and she was pushing off the guys. They ended up bashing her Jeep Liberty."

So far police say they have no evidence to call the attack a hate crime.
Martinez calls that ridiculous.
She says her brother isn't gay but he was alone outside of a gay club and the men who attacked him made it clear why they picked him.

Martinez said, "they were yelling gay slurs and yelling their gang name or where they're from."

Martinez also told us this isn't the first time she's heard of that same group of men harassing people in the area.
She hopes someone comes forward with information about who these guys are, "I want these guys to be caught. Because this was a brutal and heartless crime."

Police haven't named any suspects. They are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 566-TIPS.

 

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these same guys are always there drinking in the parking lot talking smack to everyone tryin to start stuff n break into cars

Muy interesada;

Last year on August a drunk driver killed Mr.Vega when he was riding his bike on a Sunday morning, did u ever follow up on the driver's upcoming in court? NOOOOOO
As soon a member of the gay community has an issue the media immediately treats them Special. Now you want to research hate crimes?

Frankly it does not matter if this young man was gay or not. It is still a hate crime. The intent and motive was to hurt him because the animals that did this thought he was gay. That is eough for a hate crime. Hope the young man gets well soon and these dogs (sorry dogs) get their just deserves.

I hope they get caught and stop doing this crimes to inocent people.. We are not in Juarez

Don't blame the Police for the Actions of Animals. Blame El Paso's City Council for stripping the Police Force~!

WELL STATED!!! COMPLETELY AGREE; AT LEAST SOME PEOPLE HAVE COMMON SENSE.

I hope who ever did this mans up when they get caught and not act like little girls when they get there time handed to them 10 out of 10 these punks will squeal on one another.Stay in there L.

this group of so called"men"deserve to be caught and tortured!!!

And what have our police done about it? Let's see if we are any better than Juarez police!

i dont know what is going on with elpaso , three and a half weeks ago some one from my nieghbor hood thru a rock thru my window telling me in spanish the nastiest words possible and to get out or we will do it again, it really hurt to think how they hate us, now im living in fear thinking how juarez is so close and how they can shoot up my house wanting to kill me next! i dont know what to do or think or say at this point?

Don't people realize that's a bad part of town, especially at night!

according to who the downtown night life is there.... really

That was horrible, I had witnessed it, It is the same group of gang members that pick on people of the gay community, countless stabbings and beatings, but now El Paso PD wants to do something after all the incidents.There is literally a precint and a Jail right next to this place, if they would have had someone patrol the area once in a while this could have been prevented.

The Gay Community has their own high rate of violence amongst themselves. They also are responsible for a high rate of attack and rape of boys and men.

That's bull. Find a reliable source that proves that. It's people like you that spread this kind of hate by embellishing such "facts"... find out what you're actually talking about before you post hate speeches, idiot

really? can you present even one source to back up this claim of yours? I would be extremely interested to read some statistics concerning the extent to which gays rape each other and attack boys. have you any facts? I doubt it...

Thank you

This is pretty sad that the police station is right around the corner, and it takes something like this. Another hate crime just because we chose to be gay. I hope they find the men that did this. To anyone who is gay dont let this intimidate you we are strong, and you know that day in and day out we face many different things in our lives that some people will not uderstand.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! REALLY?????!!! I CAN NOT BELIEVE TAT PPL ARE CALLING THIS A HATE CRIME!! I WAS THERE WHEN IT HAPPENED..YES MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT 2 THE FAMILY BECAUSE IT WAS VERY BAD! THIS IS NOT A HATE CRIME....THE GUY WHO GOT HURT N THE GUYS WHO HURT THIS YOUNG MAN WERE NOT GAY!!!!!!!!!!!! THE GUYS WERE ALREADY FIGHTING VERBALLY,,,,,THE VICTIM IS THE 1 WHO STARTED POUNDING ON THE WINDOW TO THE ASSAILANTS....THE VICTIM PISSED THEM OFF,,,SO THATS WHEN THEY GOT OFF N STARTED BEATING

ITs a hate crime sir!

crime motivated by hate for group: a crime that is motivated by hate, prejudice, or intolerance of somebody's religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation

It doesnt matter, gay or not, it was a HATE CRIME ON A HUMAN BEING! He didnt deserve to be beat with a bat, and those people have been there before!

ANYTIME THAT U BEAT ON SOMEONE YELLING DEROGATORY NAMES OF ANY KIND IS CONSIDERED A HATE CRIME! THIS IS CLEARLY A HATE CRIME REGARDLESS IF HE WAS GAY OR NOT!!!!

HIM...THE EMS NOR THE FIRE DEPT. DID NOT TAKE LONG AS PPL ARE STATING. I WAS THERE N I THINK THEY DID THE BEST THEY COULD. MY FRIEND WHO IS A MEDIC N THE MILITARY STOP 2 RENDER AIDE,,,BUT PPL INCLUDING THE VICTIMS SISTER PUSHED MY FRIEND AWAY!!!!! NOW YUR TELLING ME TAT THE BLAME IS PUT ON THE EPPD JUST BECAUSE THEY "TOOK LONG" I THINK PPL NEED 2 GET THEIR FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE IS SAID, THIS IS NOT A HATE CRIME PPL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WAT I DONT GET IS TAT ---IVE BEEN GOING 2 THE OP SINCE I WAS 17....I AM NOW ALMOST 29YRS OF AGE....AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN SOMETHIN LIKE THIS HAPPEN...IT WAS A CRIME TAT JUZ HAPPENED 2 B RITE BY THE OP SO NOW PPL ARE SAYING IT WAS A HATE CRIME!! IT MAKES ME SOOOOO MAD TAT PPL START ASKING WHY PPL TREAT THEM SO DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE THEIR GAY/LESBIAN!!!!! UMMMMMMMM...HAVE U EVER REALIZED ITS BECAUSE ITS U WHO MAKE THEM LOOK AT GAY/LESBIANS N A BAD WAY!!! SOMETHIN HAPPENS,....N NOW ITS A GAY HATE

were you there from the moment this beating started? no. so plz don't speak on something you know nothing about. thank you.

CRIME?!!!! UGH MAKES ME SOOOOO MAD!!! AGAIN.....F U WERENT THERE......THEN DO NOT AGAIN....DO NOT B TALKIN AND SAYING THAT THIS IS A HATE CRIME!!!! ONCE AGAIN.....TO THE VICTIMS FAMILY----MAY GOD B WITH HIM AND HIS FAMILY!

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