Illinois State gay student attacked


A gay student at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal was hospitalized with a broken jaw and other injuries after an attack early April 21.

Eric Unger, 23, of Deerfield, Ill., told the Chicago Sun Times that he was walking home from a party at about 2:30 a.m. when he was confronted by a group of men. One knocked a mobile phone from his hand, prompting Unger to ask what the “problem was.”

Unger said the men, yelling anti-gay slurs, then beat him. He suffered the broken jaw, broken teeth and bruises and scrapes.

Police are looking into the incident, but Unger could not describe the men and no witnesses have come forward.

Unger told the Sun Times, “I don’t know why people like that go out to do that to people, to single someone out and attack them for no reason.”

The Normal assistant police chief said Unger did not tell investigating officers that he thought anti-gay bias was a factor in the attack.

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