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Gay San Antonio Man Brutally Beaten Unconscious By Three Brothers for “Flirting”

Three Brothers carried out alleged hate crime attack on a San Antonio gay man.  (L to R, Aurelio Huerta-Gonzalez, 33; Filiberto Huerta-Gonzalez, 30; and Juan Huerta-Gonzalez, 35.

Three Brothers carried out alleged hate crime attack on a San Antonio gay man (L to R, Aurelio Huerta-Gonzalez, 33; Filiberto Huerta-Gonzalez, 30; and Juan Huerta-Gonzalez, 35, San Antonio Police Department photo).

San Antonio, Texas – An alleged weekend anti-gay hate crime has landed three brothers in deep trouble.  A 48-year-old openly gay man who said the brothers had problems with his being gay, was savagely beaten to the floor of a coin operated laundry at his apartment complex on the west side of San Antonio this past Sunday.

KENS5 News reports that the victim was doing laundry and visiting with other apartment tenants when the three brothers and a fourth man as yet unidentified started the attack.  A police report says that the three brothers confronted the victim for how he “looked” at them, calling him a derogatory term in Spanish.  The alleged assailants, who live together in a single apartment in the same complex, Juan Huerta-Gonzalez, 35; Aurelio Huerta-Gonzalez, 33; and Filiberto Huerta-Gonzalez, 30, were arrested by San Antonio Police and charged with an assault hate crime.

The attack was swift and brutal.  The youngest brother, Filiberto, allegedly uttered the slur and told the gay man he hated gay people, according to KSAT News 3.  The assailants punched the victim, beat him to the floor of the laundry, kicked him, and even bit him on the knuckle of his hand.  After awaking from being knocked unconscious in the attack, the victim called police. The middle brother, Aurelio, complained to police that the gay man had been flirting with them, calling one of them “baby,” and “sweet thing.”

A spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department, Officer Matthew Porter, told news outlets, “According to the victim, he believes that his sexual orientation is the reason why he was confronted by these suspects.  We are carrying this as a hate crime.”  Officer Porter went on to say, “One of the suspects made mention that the victim would look at him. Again, that’s no reason to assault this individual. You have a right to choose your religion, your sexual orientation.” 

The three brothers are in custody at the Bexar County Jail, where they are being held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.  The fourth man has yet to be apprehended.

San Antonio, the state’s second largest city, has no municipal protections in place for LGBT people.  Officials claim hate crimes against gay people are rare in the Alamo City.  Records show that 17 such crimes occurred in the city last year, and this incident is the second recorded in 2013.

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