Another Marine veteran, Grant Gray, has been beaten by a group of young African-American men and some are calling it a hate crime.
USMC Life reports Last month two Marines were beaten in Washington D.C. on the same day but in unrelated incidents. One of the Marines, Christopher Marquez, says he believes the crime was racially motivated because the suspects repeated “Black Lives Matter” during the beating.
Grant Gray, a Marine Corps veteran who served seven months in Afghanistan last year is the most recent victim of a ‘gang-style’ beating.
According to ABC6, Gray is currently a student studying sports management at Miami University in Ohio but is interested in transferring to Ohio State. This past weekend he went to Columbus, Ohio to check out the city and the Ohio State campus.
On Friday night, Gray went to a local bar with one of his high school friends. When he walked out of the bar to make a phone call he was reportedly beaten unconscious by a gang of “three black men who kept referring to him as “white.”
The attackers did not steal anything from Gray so he does not believe that the robbery was the motive.
“I even had an Apple watch on and they didn’t steal that,” Gray said.
Gray is scheduled for facial reconstructive surgery next week.
Police are consulting with prosecutors to determine if the case is a hate crime and have yet to make any arrests.