Gay UNC student 'branded' in vicious hate attack

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A gay student at the University of North Carolina was severely burned last week in a hate-motivated attack, according to campus officials. reported that Quinn Matney was approached last week on the Chapel Hill campus by a man who called him a derogatory name and held a heated object to his wrist for several seconds, leaving third and fourth-degree burns.

“Here is a taste of hell,” Matney said his attacker told him.

Matney told reporters that the branding object burned through his muscle and tendon, leaving him with limited movement in his hand and nerve damage that might require surgery. He described the assault as “relentless burning, searing pain.”

UNC officials are calling the assault a hate crime. Chancellor Holden Thorpe released a statement April 11 pledging to “bring the strongest possible charges against the attacker.”

But Jeff Deluca, co-president of UNC’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and Straight Alliance, complained that the university waited two days before alerting the students and the community.

“It is shock and sadness that something like this could happen on campus and go pretty much unnoticed,” Deluca said.

Thorpe responded that the assault prompted university officials to review the way they notify the campus community about crimes. He said federal authorities would be called to assist in the investigation.


0 15 Razzberry 2011-08-10 12:39
Quoting ermsorry:
guys, this never happened. the story was exposed as fake a few months ago. the guy made everything up, it was proved through security footage. sorry.

Do you have any sources? If not, Then it's not true.
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-4 14 ermsorry 2011-06-25 10:54
guys, this never happened. the story was exposed as fake a few months ago. the guy made everything up, it was proved through security footage. sorry.
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+2 13 Bustedradio 2011-06-23 21:56
This is horrible. Reading about almost made me cry. This needs to stop. No matter if we are gay, lez, bi, etc. we are all human beings. And we are all loved by God. It makes me sick hearing about this.
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+1 12 afiqah 2011-04-16 19:33
woah. wtf this is creeping me out
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+15 11 syd 2011-04-13 17:46
this is disgusting. what is wrong with society? ):
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+13 10 Guilherme 2011-04-13 17:18
Awful attitude. Prejudice is something that should disappear from the world.
The attackers must feel the taste of hell.
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-1 9 Silvatine 2011-04-13 15:56
It's a lie. The Department of Public Safety investigated and determined that nothing happened. From an email I received as a UNC student:

"The Department of Public Safety has determined that the alleged
aggravated assault reported to campus last night did not occur. That
report, filed with campus police on April 5, was false. The University
will not report it as a hate crime."
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+7 8 katt 2011-04-13 05:33
what is the human race anymore, seriously. The kid that did this deserves at least 2 years.
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+16 7 jessee 2011-04-12 21:00
what the bleedin hell.
this is absolutely appalling. why would you do this to ANYONE, sexual orientation regardless?!
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-4 6 NC resident 2011-04-12 19:18
He faked it....
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