Suspected Hate Crime

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

A 15 year old boy in Pueblo says he was the subject of a hate crime.
Anthony Hergesheimer says he was beaten up because he's gay.

Anthony said he was walking home by himself from school on Thursday when he noticed a group of boys from his high school following him in a car.

He said they were screaming at him, throwing things at him and calling him hurtful names.

Anthony thought that would be the extent of it. But he says, "One of the boys got out and he hit me in the face."

One of the five boys in the car hit Anthony with a full can of Lysol. He suffered from a broken nose and fractured cheek bone.

His mom Theresa says, "It's horrible to see your child in so much pain and know that there's nothing you can do to help him."

Anthony's parents say the boys could have killed their son.

"You shouldn't change who you are because of this. This is only going to make me stronger," says Anthony.

Anthony is scheduled to have surgery on his nose Wednesday morning.

Charges are pending against the five teens suspected of beating Anthony.


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  • by russell Location: colorado on Apr 15, 2007 at 09:36 PM
    im a close friend of the family and to know him or anyone in his family, most certainly any hate towards anthony and or his family is down right sinful, god bless you anthony and your family stay strong
  • by katerina Location: san francisco,ca on Apr 14, 2007 at 01:51 PM
    bob, i think what you said about this young gay male is totally wrong.How would you feel if your son, daughter. niece,nephew or grandkids were one of them? Are you that much of a racist to say such things like that... Right... you don't have a clue as to what it feels like to be gay or be someone like this young man here at all..
  • by Anonymous Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 12, 2007 at 09:59 AM
    Hey Bob...AIDS is not a "gay" disease....read about it. Anthony stay strong bud.
  • by Frank Sandoval Location: Pueblo on Apr 11, 2007 at 07:40 PM
    Thats sad and stupid! Anthony is a cool guy to hang or talk to. If he's gay oh well. Mind there own buisness if they think its wrong!! Anthony is a good friend of mine and i am glad that he's getting stronger of his sexuality!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2007 at 01:45 PM
    Who labeled this a hate crime. Just because the 15 year old is gay, does not mean this a hate crime. Everybody needs to hear all the facts of the story before we can label it as such!
  • by bob Location: colorado on Apr 11, 2007 at 05:39 AM
    if the boys didn't kill him, then i guess the aids will!!!!
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