A Georgia man poured boiling hot water on a man and his boyfriend as they slept in a sickening crime motivated by violent homophobia.
21-year-old Marquez Tolbert and his boyfriend Anthony Gooden were sleeping at Gooden’s Atlanta apartment when Gooden’s mother’s boyfriend poured hot water on them. Tolbert suffered second and third degree burns, and required a 10-day hospital stay to replace skin that had been burned off of his back. Gooden was recently released from the hospital.
The alleged perpetrator, 48-year-old Martin Blackwell, was charged with two counts of aggrivated battery, and WSB-TV2 Atlanta reports that the local LGBT liason intervened to ensure that Blackwell didn’t post bail.
In Tolbert’s heartbreaking interview, he explained how the attack has physically affected him:
“The pain doesn’t let you sleep. It’s just, like, it’s excruciating, 24 hours a day, and it doesn’t go anywhere. It doesn’t dial down, anything. It’s just there.I can barely think straight because the burning, the stinging is everywhere. Martin pulled me up and said, ‘Get out of my house with all that gay.’ I couldn’t stop screaming.”
He also believes the attack was motivated by Blackwell’s homophobia:
“Why else would you pour boiling hot water on somebody?”