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TX Man Recounts Brutal Anti-Gay Attack at Party

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Police in Paris, Texas, have arrested ALL three suspects accused of brutally attacking a gay man at a private party over the weekend.

The victim—Burke Burnett—tells OutQ News that he attended the event Saturday night with three gay friends. But he says they ultimately left the gathering thrown by a straight friend after his companions complained about overhearing homophobic remarks.

The 26-year-old says it was when he went BACK to the party with a girlfriend that things turned ugly.

BURNETT: At that point, I wasn’t there long before I was assaulted brutally with weapons, thrown into a burn barrell, I guess is what you’d call it. I was beaten pretty severely, stabbed, burned obviously, and just traumatized. I’m lucky to be alive, that’s what I’m just most thankful for–that I’m here.

Burnett says most of the attendees did NOTHING to stop the attacks, which left him with a number of injuries that he hopes won’t be permanent.

The Texan says the assault was particularly surprising because he has been “well-received” by the community since coming out at the age of 15.

BURNETT: I’ve been so fortunate to not experience anything like this before, and so this was just a huge wake-up call for me that ignorance is prevalent and it’s still around.

But Burnett says he does NOT think that the anti-gay hatred shown by attackers is representative of the Paris, Texas, community, noting that many have rallied behind him.

The Dallas Voice reports that the suspects have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault causing bodily injury–both are second-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Under Texas law, hate crimes can elevate the charge by one degree, meaning a grand jury can still bump them up to first-degree felonies that are punishable by up to 99 years in prison. Burnett says he’s certain that he was attacked because of his sexual orientation.

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