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UNC Student Quinn Matney Branded By Late Night Attacker Who Gave ‘Fucking Fag’ A ‘Taste Of Hell’

On April 4, Quinn Matney, a gay student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, says he was approached by an unknown man near a foot bridge near the Craige Residence Hall, was told “Here’s a taste of hell you fucking fag,” and was then branded with a hot object. It was around 3am and Matney says he went for a walk because he couldn’t sleep. He ended up punching his attacker, who fled on foot.

Matney suffered “relentless burning, searing pain,” he says, and it left him with third and fourth degree burns. “It has burned all the way through the flesh and is burning through muscle and tendon,” Matney said. He said he has an infection and limited movement in some fingers, and the nerve damage may require surgery.”

Matney said he tried to pull away — but the man didn’t let go until he received a hard punch to the face. Matney said he then walked away quickly, trying to distance himself from the man and his two friends, who both appeared drunk. “I’ve seen him two or three times before this, always out on that same bridge,” Matney said of the man, whose identity is unknown. [...] After going to the emergency room and leaving after hours of waiting the night of April 4, Matney said he received treatment at Campus Health Services the next day. Only then did he file a police report. The man appeared to be a white 19-year-old, standing 5 feet 10 inches, with a large build and short brown hair, he said. Matney is also trying to find the acquaintance he saw at the footbridge to corroborate his report. The witness, he said, was a male student he recognized but does not know by name.

[...] The man is being sought on charges of aggravated assault, said Jeff McCracken, chief and director of the Department of Public Safety. “We don’t have any suspect information that we could comment on at this point in time,” he said.

Campus gays aren’t pleased with the delay in administrators notifying students about the attack, waiting a week to alert other students:

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp released a statement Monday, pledging that the university’s public safety department “will bring the strongest possible charges against the attacker.” But Jeff Deluca, co-president of UNC’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and Straight Alliance, raised concerns 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.

Thorp said the assault has prompted university officials to review the way they notify the campus community about crimes. He added that he plans to call in federal authorities to assist in the hate crime investigation.

UNC says it will report the attack as a hate crime to the feds.

[Daily Tar Heel; WRAL]

By:           JD
On:           Apr 12, 2011
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  • 8 Comments
    • Charles
      Charles

      I hope I’m wrong, but I have a suspicious feeling about this. It doesn’t make sense that someone could walk around with such a hot object or create something so hot on the spur of the moment. Then there is the missing friend, whose name the victim doesn’t know and asks to please come forward to verify the incident.

      We had a situation in my area not long ago where a black woman’s car was covered with racist words. It turned out she did it herself as a cry for attention.

      These things happen all the time. A few years ago the University of Iowa campus was shut down over threats from a white supremacist to kill non-white students. Police were able to trace the emails back to a library computer a security camera revealed that a black woman had been typing them.

      Like I said, I hope I’m wrong. I’ll be following this story and if there is indeed an attacker I hope he’s severely punished.

      Apr 12, 2011 at 9:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The sane Francis
      The sane Francis

      I really doubt someone would do this to themselves to the point where he will likely never be able to use his hand the same way again and now he may need surgery. Especially since he gave such a descriptive account of what happened. There isn’t any reason not to believe him until it’s proven he’s not telling the truth. It is a little suspect, but anti-gay bigots are crazy.

      This is yet another story of an insecure bigot, who apparently has been brainwashed with anti-gay religious fundamentalism, creating havoc because he has personal issues. If the mere presence of anything gay-related makes you enraged to the point of violence, you are mentally ill. And when you are drunk, obviously that person will have no control of their illness, and incidents like this will happen. These people live to create fear in the gay community because they need to deflect their own fears and insecurities onto us. That’s also why they almost always hit and run away or gay bash in packs, they are threatened, scared little bitches. It’s time to fight back.

      Apr 12, 2011 at 10:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lee
      Lee

      Let’s be real. He wasn’t at the bridge because of insomnia. There is more to this story.

      Apr 12, 2011 at 10:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Devin
    • Richard
      Richard

      How did the attackers even know he was gay?

      May 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nicholas
      Nicholas

      @Richard:
      dude if you read that link he admitted he wasnt attacked
      and that it was all fake

      its a shame he is ruining gay hatecrimes for people now

      May 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lefty
      Lefty

      Mad as a march hare.

      May 4, 2011 at 9:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JAW
      JAW

      @Devin:

      Thanks for posting the updated link… sad that he had to injur himself… I hope that he gets helps he needs, so that he can still have the chance for a happy life.

      Queerty should update this story

      May 5, 2011 at 10:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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