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Gay NC Student Attacked, Severely Burned and Branded

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Quinn Matney: Victim, total babe

University of North Carolina freshman Quinn Matney was walking across campus around 3 AM on April 4 when he ran into a friend. While the two were talking, a nearby man got up from a picnic table, grabbed Matney by the wrist and proceeded to burn a branding mark into his wrist while the student fought to get out of his grasp.

Matney, who is gay, told police that the man said “Here’s a taste of hell you fucking fag” as he burned him with an unidentified object.

The Daily Tar Heel reports:

The man branded Matney, who is gay, on the left wrist with an unidentified object, causing third- and fourth-degree burns that damaged three nerves and a tendon, leaving the freshman with no feeling in his thumb and limited mobility in his index finger, he said. Matney said he tried to pull away — but the man didn’t let go until he received a hard punch to the face.

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Matney received third and fourth degree burns, tendon and nerve damage, and a loss of sensation in his index finger and thumb.

Matney said he then walked away quickly, trying to distance himself from the man and his two friends, who both appeared drunk. “I’ve seen him two or three times before this, always out on that same bridge,” Matney said of the man, whose identity is unknown.

Jeff DeLuca, co-chairman of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Alliance, said he is alarmed by the administration’s silence on the attack. University officials did not officially comment until a post on Alert Carolina on Monday evening, a week after the incident. “A very blatant hate crime against a GLBT individual occurred on this campus, and we only heard about it by word of mouth,” DeLuca said.

“Despite the horridity of the event, it has let me see how much my community loves me,” Matney said.

What the hell is up with all of these anti-gay attacks lately?

  • Ariel B. Dreamfalling

    It’s simply staggering the upshot in LGBT hate crimes across the country. I’m just glad he wasn’t hurt so severely that he would have had to be hospitalized for it. I hope the thug gets caught.

  • Total babe is right. What a great look!
    Wonder how/why the assailant knew/thought he was gay? My guess is that was the last time the brute will be near that bridge. Let’s get a description/drawing of him out there.

  • Mark

    Assuming the attacker is caught, I would propose giving him a choice: 25 years in prison with no parole, or being branded on his chest with the words, “I branded a gay student and that’s I got was this lousy scar!”

  • There was a follow up on this story and apparently this was a false accusation. =__ =

  • Richard

    Yeah, according to the University, no assault occurred. It’s such a vague way to put it, so we’ll have to wait and see what Matney says.