In the second report of a violent anti-gay hate crime in Texas over the Halloween weekend, a lesbian college student says she was beaten by two men who kidnapped her at a party in San Antonio. Kristen Cooper, who attends the University of Texas at San Antonio, told KENS Channel 5 she was waiting for a ride outside an apartment complex in the northwest part of the city when the men punched her and drug her into their truck, before driving off and continuing to beat her.
The suspects eventually let Cooper go, but she was without a phone so she walked down the roadway until someone spotted her and called 911. Cooper said the only thing the suspects knew about her was that she’s gay, and they yelled anti-gay slurs during the attack. She suffered a concussion and whiplash, and her face is badly bruised and swollen.
Police are investigating the incident as an assault but said they can’t confirm it was a hate crime.
In the other incident, a gay man from Paris, Texas, said he was stabbed with a broken beer bottle and thrown onto a fire at a party in nearby Reno.
Watch Channel 5’s report on the San Antonio case below.