“I was just beaten in my face. Nothing was taken. No words were exchanged before the incident,” Kenni Shaw (pictured) said. “So to me, I think it was a hate crime.”
Shaw, a 30-year-old gay man, had made a quick run to the liquor store at the intersection of East Hoffman and North Rose streets around 9 p.m Monday evening.
After purchasing medication, Shaw briefly talked with the clerk before heading back home. Shortly after leaving, he was unexpectedly punched from behind and the vicious attack began. Four others quickly joined in.
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“I was pinned down by punches,” Shaw said. “It…
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