Crime

Woman Tells Police Attackers Carved Anti-Gay Slurs Into Skin

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LINCOLN, Neb. (CBS St. Louis/AP) — Police are investigating an attack on a Lincoln woman, who reported three men broke into her house, carved anti-gay slurs into her skin and tried to light her house on fire.

Police spokeswoman Katie Flood says Monday the case is under investigation as a hate crime because it appears to be motivated by hatred or bias. Flood says there are no suspects.

The victim told police she was attacked by three masked men. She reportedly crawled from her house, naked, bleeding and screaming for help. Police responded at 4 a.m. Sunday.

“She had blood streaming down her body,” neighbor Raymond Strozier told the Lincoln Journal-Star. “She was crying. She was shaking. She was terrified.”

The Journal-Star reports the case spread rapidly on the Internet and prompted a rally of hundreds of people outside the Capitol on Sunday night. Speakers were from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group.

“The accounts of the violence inflicted upon this woman are truly horrific,” Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, told the paper.

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