Hate Crime Victim Honored For Bravery

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A 15-year-old boy in Pueblo who says he was the subject of a hate crime was honored Wednesday night by the Southern Colorado gay community.

Anthony Hergesheimer says he was beaten up because he's gay. He was walking home by himself from school on April 5th when he was attacked by a group of classmates. He says they were screaming at him, throwing things at him and calling him hurtful names. One of the boys then hit Anthony in the face with a full can of Lysol breaking his nose and fracturing his cheekbone.

The six boys involved in the case are now facing charges. Two of the boys, Kyle Salazar, 16, and Bobby Ray Kanmore, 17, face felony charges of second-degree assault and committing a bias-motivated crime. Four other boys will be charged as Juveniles with misdemeanors.

Salazar and Kanmore will both be expelled from Centennial High School, while the district says they are still determining the fate of the other four boys.

A group of about 30 people gathered on the steps of the Pueblo County Courthouse on Wednesday for a candlelight vigil in honor of Hergesheimer. Although the wind prevented any candles from burning, the group was still able to present Anthony with a plaque.

Anthony planned to attend school on Thursday for the first time since the attack two weeks ago.