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Hate crime charges have been added in a grisly assault last summer that left a gay Louisiana teen in a coma for three days. Holden White of Lafayette was just 18 when he met year-old Chance Seneca on the gay dating app Grindr. After communicating for a month, the two young men decided to meet in person in late June.
White, a sophomore at Louisiana State University, Eunice, said he invited Seneca over to his new apartment, but Seneca convinced him to come to his father's house to play video games. White said that when he regained consciousness, he was naked in a bathtub looking up at Seneca slicing his left wrist. According to the local news site, Seneca called and told the dispatcher that he had killed a man.
He was at the house when officers responded. White suffered stab wounds, blunt force trauma to the back of his head and cuts on his wrists that were so deep his hands were nearly severed. He spent nearly a month in the hospital and in rehabilitation.
Since then, details from the encounter have emerged even as his body continues to heal.
The scars on his neck, where White said Seneca took the tip of a knife and repeatedly twisted into his throat, have already started to fade. His left hand was damaged more severely — the artery and several tendons were severed — and may require more surgery.
Police initially declined to include hate crime charges, claiming they believed the attack stemmed from an argument between the two men.
Alicia Irmscher, public affairs officer with the FBI in New Orleans, said the agency is aware of the incident but would not address whether it was conducting an investigation. The hate crime charges, which carry an extra five-year prison sentence, were added by the district attorney on Jan. He chose to choose someone who is gay and very proud of his sexuality. He said this in prison.
He said he chose me because I have a smaller stature and it would be easier to kill me. He knew what he was doing.
To bash someone in the back of the skull with a hammer? To try and slice their hands off?
He recalled being questioned by officers in his hospital room the day after he emerged from his coma. Attacks based on sexual orientation represented That represents the third largest category after race and religion.
But reporting of bias incidents is not mandatory, and Lafayette is one of hundreds of cities that reported zero hate crimes for the year. There have also been cruel comments on social media and message thre.
He urges other victims of hate crimes to advocate for themselves and not just rely on the system for justice. IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.
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