Mallory Owens, the Mobile, Alabama
woman who was attacked violently on Thanksgiving Day by her
girlfriend's brother, 18-year-old Travis Hawkins, Jr., says she was
not beaten because she is gay.
Owens, 23, suffered multiple skull
fractures and crushed bones as a result of the attack. Her mother,
Kristi Taylor, told media outlets that her daughter was beaten
because she is gay.
On Tuesday, the day after Owens left
the hospital, she disputed the claim, insisting that the attack was
not motivated by hate.
“It's not a hate crime at all,”
Owens' girlfriend, Ally Hawkins, told WKRG.com.
“We both know the reason why this happened. I'm not defending him
at all. Know why he was angry and that will come out.”
Travis Hawkins has been charged with
second degree assault. According to his lawyer, he has gone into
hiding after receiving death threats. He is expected to be arraigned
on December 10.
A fund to help cover Owens' medical
bills has been set up at Regions Bank (1-800-REGIONS).