My boyfriend, Braden, and I were walking from Hawthorne’s to Nellie’s on U St (in DC) last night and we stopped to talk for a few minutes. He was leaning against me and a few guys started yelling ‘faggot’ at him and started to swing at him. It was all a quick blur but next thing you know there was literally a mob of 15 guys beating him. They came out of nowhere and I was powerless to stop them, all I could do was jump on him to try protect him and scream help. I don’t remember how long they kept beating him for. They stole his phone and my wallet. They chipped a major part of his front tooth and he had to get multiple stitches on his lip.
Braden Brecht doesn’t have health insurance and will have ER, ambulance, and counseling bills, along with needing a new phone. He has already seen an ophthalmologist and will need to see a regular doctor for more tests for his headaches. He will also be out of work for some time. Any help would be greatly appreciated. We are from the Virginia Beach area and have been in DC for one month for an internship. The money raised here will be directly deposited into Braden’s account.