New York City police have announced the arrest of 18-year-old Abu Conteh in connection with a deadly attack of a gay man that occurred on Christmas Eve.
Juan Fresnada, 60, and his husband Bayron Caceres walked out of a Bronx McDonalds when a man approached them demanding money. When the couple refused, a group of men appeared, and brutally attacked the couple.
“They were beating him for 10 or 15 minutes,” Caceres told The New York Daily News. “I went back and found him on the floor. He was breathing heavily and bleeding from his head. I tried to give him CPR but then a guy said I should stop because of how heavily he was breathing.”
The attackers made off with exactly $1, leaving Caceres and Fresnada severely beaten and lying in the street. Several cars and even a bus drove by, though nobody stopped to help the injured couple. Fresnada died of his injuries several days later.
Caceres says the attack is not a hate crime, as none of the attackers yelled homophobic slurs. Law enforcement continues to search for two other suspects involved in the murder.