The Washington D.C. Marine who was attacked after a group of strangers asked if he believed that “black lives matter” used the N-word just before the gruesome beatdown, a witness told police.
Christopher Marquez, a veteran of Iraq and recipient of Bronze Star for valor was attacked at a McDonald in northwest D.C by a group of teenagers who came up to him and began harassing him about the black lives matter movement. Marquez ignored them which prompted calls and shouts of being a racist.
The marine, who had survived ambushes in Fallujah at the height of the Iraq War, was taken unaware again — and this time he was unarmed and without backup
One of the teens hit him in the head from behind, knocking him to the floor, where the gang beat him savagely before robbing him.
Marquez told police that one youth hit him in the head with a hand gun-“As soon as I walked out of the McDonald’s I got hit in the back of the head or the side of the head and just dropped to the ground, and [the McDonald’s manager] says I looked unconscious”.
Marquez was taken to George Washington Hospital where he was evaluated for several hours and treated for head trauma and an eye contusion. He was left with bruises and cuts to his face, and says that he’s had trouble sleeping since the event due to a sharp pain that he often feels in his head.
Eyewitnesses say Marquez was attacked for using the N-word, but he debunk he claimed that wasn’t true but instead was a hate crime. Marquez told Fox 5 that he never used the n-word or any expletives, and that he had two glasses of wine earlier in the day.
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