On Saturday, April 14, one of our own, Zach Link, was the victim of a vicious and brutal hate crime, not far from Praxis's former gym, near the corner of 10th and U Streets NW. When his would-be attackers lashed out against one of his friends, Zach stood up to defend him, and instead was physically assaulted by thugs, throwing him on the ground, and kicking him in the face. Zach suffered multiple injuries to his face, including broken teeth, a broken nose, and several cuts and bruises. He was rushed to the hospital following the attack and has been receiving care through the remainder of the weekend.
More information on the attack may be found below (via Washington Post):
Two men attacked by assailants who yelled anti-gay slurs, D.C. police say
This attack is a stark reminder that homophobia and anti-gay violence still persists, even in a city as tolerant and welcoming as Washington, DC. Although our physical gym no longer exists, the Praxis Community remains strong and continues to look after our own. Through this effort, we hope to be able to support Zach through this difficult time, show our strength as a family, and take a stand against homophobia and hate-fueled violence.
At this point, we are working with Zach to estimate the total cost of his medical expenses, but for now, we encourage the Praxis Community and its friends to please give what you can to help Zach make a full and speedy recovery and cover all medical costs not covered by his insurance. Additionally, we encourage all of you to please contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099 or text TIPS to 50411 if you have any information that can help lead to the arrest of the suspects.
Keep Zach in your hearts this week. On behalf of the Praxis Community, we wish Zach a full and speedy recovery, and we will always be there to stand strong by your side.
- Shelby Abdilah
- Steven Grossenbacher
- Andrew Lattanner
- Ricardo Valadez
- Roxanne Cassidy
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