A teenage girl from Louisville, Kentucky has been brutally attacked by a group of men for being gay, her family claim.
The 16-year-old, who suffered a broken jaw and had teeth knocked out, was out with two younger male friends at the time of the attack. The teenagers told 9 News that the adults shouted homophobic slurs at the girl before approaching them.
One of the two boys called his mother asking to be collected as the group of men was intimidating them.
“My son called me and said ‘Mom, can you come meet us because we feel uncomfortable,” Andi Hornback, mother of the boys told 9 News. “There are four grown-ups following us a little too close.”
“I can’t even describe it to you,” she said holding back tears, “I’m getting ready to cry, hearing my child scream and know that they were hurt and they were scared and I couldn’t get there fast enough.”
The boys said the attack, which took place in front of a church, began before they could give their mom the exact location over the phone. One of them suffered concussion while trying to defend the girl.
By the time Hornback arrived, EMS and police were there.
Family friend of the unnamed teenage girl said of the attack: “Her jaw is broken in several places and she has to have a plate put in her jaw. She has teeth knocked out of her mouth and she has scrapes and bruises.”
“She was on the ground with blood just pouring out of her face,” Hickerson told 9 News, “These grown men put her on the ground, kicked her in her stomach, kicked her in her face and punched her in the face and kept going until a bystander yelled stop and called 911.”
“I think she was targeted for being a strong lesbian young girl,” Hickerson added.
“This was a hate crime,” Hickerson said, “There were hate slurs and this was not a robbery because they didn’t take anything from them.”
Louisville Metro Police are investigating the assault.