A 22-year old straight Marine became the victim of an anti-gay hate crime when he defended his two friends, who are gay, and got punched and bloodied by their attackers. Ryan Langenegger and his friends were at a downtown Omaha restaurant when one man came over and made “derogatory statements, the Omaha World-Herald reports.
Langenegger and his friends, Joshua Foo, 29, and Jacob Gellinger, 25, had been at a local drag show and then went to the PepperJax Grill in the historic Old Market district. They decided to take the high road and leave. But as they did, three men followed them and that’s when the trouble really started.
The men blocked their path. The same man who had approached their table kept repeating, “Should I?”
Langenegger didn’t know what he meant.
He and Foo recalled Gellinger saying, “I know I am a boy in a dress.”
The man replied, “Yeah, and you’re (expletive) disgusting,” Langenegger recounted.
Langenegger told the man he and his friends didn’t want any trouble and just wanted to go home.
Then someone punched Langenegger in the face, resulting in a gash on his forehead, a bruised eye, bloody nose and two chipped teeth.
Langenegger said he looked up and said, “Why? Why would you do this?” and repeated that he wasn’t going to fight.
The police were called and they are now investigating the incident as a hate crime. The suspects shouldn’t be too hard to find. There is security camera footage and credit card receipts the police can use to track them down and charge them.
Watch this report from WOWT:
Image: Screenshot via WOWT video
Hat tip: The Advocate
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