Bil Browning

Arrests Made in Anti-Gay Attack on South Carolina Teen

Filed By Bil Browning | May 02, 2011 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: anti-gay, hate crimes against LGBT people, joshua esskew, South Carolina

Back in mid-April, we reported that a South Carolina teenager had been attacked by a group of five men at a local gas station. Joshua Esskew told investigators that the assault started when one man shouted an anti-gay slur at him in front of the convenience store.

According to the Charlotte Observer, surveillance footage helped capture the alleged assailants South-Carolina-anti-gay-attack.jpgafter it was widely shown in television reports and the internet.

All five suspects are from York, S.C. Charged in the case were: Cortezio Laquise Douglas, 21; Lortarius Anthony Duncan, 22; LaJames Mitchell, 22; Darenco Markie Wilmore, 21; and Bobby Wilson, 20.

The sheriff's offices says investigators determined that after an argument between Esskew and a man standing in front of the convenience store, a man later identified as Wilson struck Esskew in the back of the head with a bottle. When Esskew attempted to confront Wilson, the sheriff's office says, the other men joined the fight.

Esskew told the (Rock Hill) Herald that the confrontation started when a man in front of the store yelled a gay slur at him. He told reporters the attack "was a hate crime."

(Image is a screenshot of the surveillance footage.)

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That was a terrible attack.

It wasn't just terrible. It was cowardly as fuck.