Young man was subjected to a homophobic attack at the fraternity party

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Police in Newark, Delaware, are investigating a possible hate crime after members of a fraternity assaulted a young man during an off-campus party two weeks ago. The 23-year-old victim Rancel Valdez, who attended the party with his friend, was left with a broken leg after the incident. A graphic video shows Valdez being dragged to the floor and being beaten down by the frat members while a friend comes to his rescue, which only added fuel to the fire because they started to use homophobic slurs. “I didn’t even look their way or nothing, they all just came to me,” said Valdez. “They were just being rude, telling me to leave, calling me names,” he added. He adds that homophobic slurs are hurtful for him but he heard them a lot and learnt to resist, but he is sorry about his innocent friend who only wanted to help. As a result of the assault, Valdez had to spend two days in the hospital. He will have to miss a month of work while recovering. Police are treating the incident as a hate crime because of the homophobic comments made during the assault. The University of Delaware released a statement condemning the attack:“This kind of reprehensible behaviour is not tolerated at the University of Delaware,” said university President Dennis Assanis. “We will take all appropriate measures in the student conduct process to ensure any offenders are held accountable for their actions.”

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