Police in Lincoln, Neb., are investigating an alleged anti-lesbian assault in which three men broke into a woman’s home, tied her up, carved into her skin and set her house on fire.
A candlelight vigil for the woman, whose name has not been publicized, took place at the state Capitol on July 22, according to the Omaha World-Staff newspaper.
Outlinc, a Lincoln gay-rights organization, said in a statement over the weekend that board members have confidence in the police investigation.
Outlinc president Tyler Richard stated: “We are shocked and saddened by the report of an alleged hate crime involving a member of the LGBT community early Sunday morning. Our hearts go out the the victim, her family and close friends. Many in our community are understandably experiencing a great deal of sadness, anger and confusion. We look to our entire community to pull together in this difficult time. Outlinc has full faith in the Lincoln Police Department who has a long history of support for Lincoln’s LGBT community. We trust that their investigation will be fair and complete and we await the results. As we consider the possible impetus for this horrific attack we are reminded more than ever why fairness is vital in our city.”
The police responded to the woman’s home at about 4 a.m. July 22. She reported that men wearing ski masks had broken in and assaulted her.
When police arrived they found the home still on fire, which caused about $200 in damage.
Police declined to say what was carved into the woman’s stomach, but a friend of the victim’s said the words included “dyke” and “slut.”