A gay male couple in their twenties was
violently attacked by a mob of eight to twelve men and women in
Philadelphia's Center City on Thursday.
Eye witnesses said the men, together
over a decade, were walking home from dinner when they were
approached by the group.
“Is this your fucking boyfriend?”
one of them asked.
When one of the men answered “yes,”
the group rushed them and began punching and kicking the couple.
“Friends and witnesses we spoke to
said there is no question these two men were targeted because they're
29 reporter Chris O'Connell reported.
“They shattered his cheekbones on
both sides and his jaw,” friend Caryn Kunkle said in describing the
Several witnesses said they heard
homophobic slurs during the attack.
One of the victims said they were
speaking out because they “want these people brought to justice.
This is not fair.”
“I have multiple facial fractures on
both sides of my face. I have an orbital fracture,” he added.