Baytown teen claims he was beaten because he's gay

Teen claims he was beaten up for being gay.

HOUSTON - A 17 year old says he was beat up for being gay.

Dylan Beard says he lost his sense of security. His friends told him to meet him at Jenkins Park in Baytown, only to get jumped.

"It's tough being gay. It's tough. Because we are out of the norm I guess. They lured me indirectly. They had one of their friends, who I'm also friends with, tell me to come up there and they walked up and did it," said Beard.

Dylan says a girl started hitting him.

"Then two of her friends who are guys jumped in and they all started hitting me, got on the ground hit me and punched me," said Beard.

"His face was swelled, his nose was broken, he bit through his tongue, his bottom teeth were chipped, his knees were scabbed everywhere." said Jennifer Beard, the victim's mother.

That girl is now facing an assault charge. Dylan's family and community activist Quanell X say that's not enough.

"We are asking for the department of justice to step in and investigate this assault as a hate crime. It was planned to target him because hes' gay," said Quanell X, a community activist.

Baytown police say they are still investigating the case. They're also looking for other suspects and witnesses.

"We are taking steps, reaching out if there is a misunderstanding, with that our doors are opens," said Lt. Eric Freed with the Baytown Police Department.

In the meantime, Dylan's uncle just wants justice.

"As a military veteran it kind of disappoints me, a country I defended," said Tom Plunkett, the victim's uncle.

Police aren't releasing any other information about this case.


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