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Florida man allegedly attacked “out of nowhere” for being gay

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A South Florida man says he was physically assaulted outside his home because of his sexuality. On Easter Sunday (17 April), James Garcia was approached by Maurice Charles outside of his complex in Fort Lauderdale.

Charles, 36, struck Garcia in the early morning leaving him with bleeding injuries and the fear of being targeted again. “I have a total of 10 stitches,” Garcia, who identifies as gay, told NBC Miami. “When I close my eyes, I can see this person’s face, hear his voice.” “I heard from the distance, from the ocean, someone screaming by himself, male,” Garcia said. “I turned around and before I could react, this person walked up to me and asked me, ‘Are you gay?’ and then punched me.” The perpetrator, Charles, was previously convicted of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in 2017 and served a four-year prison sentence.

Following the attack, Garcia received medical attention for 10 stitches on his forehead, nose and lip. He also suffered from fractured cartilage on both sides of his nose.

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