Early Sunday morning, a quiet neighborhood in Lincoln, Nebraska, was startled by the appearance of police cars, responding to a vicious attack on a lesbian in which the assailants carved anti-gay slurs into her skin and tried to light her house on fire.
The 33-year-old woman, whose name is being kept private, was attacked by three masked men who broke into her home and tied her up before cutting her all over her body. They also poured gasoline on the floor and lit it with a match, according to reports.
The victim was able to crawl free from her home, naked and bleeding, and reach a neighbor for help.
Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime, but are keeping details out of the press to avoid tainting the investigation. “We don’t want to provide too many details,” said a spokeswoman for the Lincoln Police Department.A vigil held in the woman’s honor drew hundreds, with many holding candles and waving rainbow flags.
“Hate crimes are despicable and appalling to me and to all Lincoln residents,” said Mayor Chris Beutler. “Lincoln strives to be a community that embraces tolerance and equality. We stand united with our gay and lesbian citizens in denouncing violence directed at any group.”