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Nine Teens Arrested In Beating Of Gay Man

Associated Press

June 29, 2011

SPRINGFIELD — Nine people, ages 12 to 19, are facing hate crime charges in connection with the beating of an openly gay man in Springfield.

Sgt. John Delaney said the beating occurred shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday as the 30-year-old victim walked down a Springfield street.

Delaney said the victim told police he was then attacked by the suspects who knocked him to the ground, kicked him in the head and abdomen and punched him in the face with closed fists.

He said the females in the group encouraged the males to beat up the victim and others yelled disparaging remarks about the victim’s sexual orientation during the attack.

Nineteen-old year Shay Andre Edwards and eight juveniles were charged with unarmed robbery and civil rights violation with injury. It was unclear if any had attorneys.

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