Joe Williams, Tennessee Health Food Store Owner, Beaten In Alleged Anti-Gay Hate Crime
Published: 11/25/2013 by huffingtonpost.com
The owner of a Tennessee health food store was beaten unconscious by three men in an alleged anti-gay hate crime.
As local ABC affiliate WBBJ TV is reporting, the owner of Healthy Thyme in Paris, Tenn. was also robbed of $1,200, while the suspects wrote a "three-letter homophobic slur" across his forehead in permanent marker during the alleged attack, which took place Nov. 20.
The victim, identified by Fox 17 as 32-year-old Joe Williams, told the Paris Post-Intelligencer that a man had come into the shop earlier that day and asked him about his sexuality, before responding that he could not shop there if he was gay. He also said that he was called derogatory names during the beating, which took place as he was in the process of closing up the business for the night.
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