Beating victim speaks publicly about attack

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imageThe gay victim of an attack in Midtown is speaking publicly for the first time since the attack on Sunday.

John Evans (photo), 28, spoke to Southern Voice today about the case, his injuries and inconsistencies in details that have emerged about the case.

“There was two guys, one was black and I don’t know what the other one was. They called me over. Since I’ve been working here [at Joe’s for two weeks now] people have been recognizing me [in Midtown]. I thought it was going to be one of those things, like, ‘Hey, are you the new guy at Joe’s?’” he said.

Evans said he went over to them and they asked him if was coming from Blake’s and he said yes. They asked him if he was gay and he said he told them yes.

“That’s when one hit me from behind, they called me the f-word, and once they got me to the ground they kicked me in the face. One guy wanted to know how much money I had on my card and when I said I had nothing, that I was broke, they kicked me in the face again,” he said. “The first kick literally broke my tooth off. When it happened it was all so quick, 30 seconds.”

Evans told the newspaper that he moved to Atlanta from Forsyth County about four months ago and only came out to some family in the wake of the attack.

“I come from Forsyth County, and there’s not a lot of support there if you are gay. I didn’t realize people really do care about you in the city of Atlanta. I don’t even know how all these people found out about it,” he said.


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