Suspected Hate Crime

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email
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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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