Florida Gay Bashing Victim Craig Cohen Dies 6 Months After Attack


Craig Cohen, the gay Florida man attacked by four men in April after leaving a diner in Oakland Park outside Ft. Lauderdale, died Wednesday. He was 47. Cohen never regained consciousness after his assailants stamped his head, left him bleeding, and in a coma. Just five minutes after Cohen’s attack, another gay man reported being robbed by a group of men, leading police to initially qualify each as a hate crime. Two suspects, Victor Gonzalez, 21, and Pargu Leandro, 25, were arrested. “Investigators determined Cohen and Villanova were targeted not because they were gay, but because they were alone and vulnerable.”

He’ll be remembered: “Next Thursday, October 15th, friends of Cohen along with members of the Craig Cohen Animal Advocacy Project (CCAAP) and Gay American Heroes will hold a candle light vigil and walk in Wilton Manors beginning at 6:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to participate is asked to meet in the parking lot of Georgie’s Alibi 2266 Wilton Drive.”