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Five men charged in brutal attack on gay teen in South Carolina

Friday, April 29, 2011

Joshua Esskew

Officials in South Carolina have charged five men with the attack on a gay teen who was assaulted outside a convenience store in Rock Hill on April 9.

Joshua Esskew, 19, said he was walking into the store when a man shouted a gay slur at him. When Esskew walked away, that man hit him with a beer bottle in the back of the head.

All five are charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, a felony that carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

From left: Bobby Wilson, Darenco Wilmore, LaJames Mitchell, Lortarius Duncan, and Cortezio Douglas

The five men could face additional charges, as the FBI has been investigating the assault as a possible hate crime. Sheriff Bruce Bryant said Friday that the FBI is turning over its findings to the U.S. Justice Department, the Charlotte Observer reported.

All five suspects are from York, S.C. Charged in the case were: Cortezio Laquise Douglas, 21; Lortarius Anthony Duncan, 22; LaJames Mitchell, 22; Darenco Markie Wilmore, 21; and Bobby Wilson, 20.

“The suspects in this crime have been identified and are being brought to justice due to cooperation between law enforcement and the willingness of the public to get involved and not let this violent crime go unpunished,” said York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant.

Tips from the public after the release of surveillance video of the attack helped authorities identify the suspects.

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30 more reader comments:

  1. As a founding member of Black and White Men Together, I find this utterly disgusting and personally painful and distressing. When will the hatred and violence end? With all of the oppression by the elite power structure which aims to keep all identified minorities at each other’s throats so that they can continue to amass more and more money and power, why do so many “buy in” to their agenda?

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 12:34pm
  2. Thats just plain fukin ridiculous. I can’t stand ignorant ass people like that. They should be put away for life. This got me mad for the day… Its bigoted narrow minded fools like these that make gay teens want to kill themselves… In their heads, however, they’re probably thinking good riddance… And I’m thinking the same for them

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 12:36pm
  3. so “brave”,such “machos” 5 to 1….why not 100000 to 1? everytime its the same -the herd against the individual! i hope they will be treatened the same way the treat this poor guy!

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 12:38pm
  4. Well, that’s their future down the toilet. Somewhat. Assholes. -_-

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 12:39pm
  5. Surround this young man with love and understanding. He must know there are many people around that care and want to help him succeed. As for those toothless backwater assholes, may they rot in hell.

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 12:39pm
  6. Wow. I started to write that the video was like watching a pack of animals, but animals don’t behave like that. Animals attack to protect, defend, for food, or against a perceived threat. Those are just punks.

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 12:45pm
  7. I agree with tammy

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 12:52pm
  8. They need their asses kicked. I am tired of gays n lesbians turning the other cheek. We should start carrying a stick n beating them as well. Fuckers!

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 12:52pm
  9. awful. the feeling of being attacked physically or mentally is so painful. my heart goes out to Joshua.

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 12:54pm
  10. I agree with john as well…id “like” ur posts but I can’t do it thru this fone

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 1:12pm
  11. I hope his attorney gets this to a federal level. Those thugs need to be put behind bars for more than 20 years.

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 1:13pm
  12. Ppl who attack gays R more then likely gay them self and just pissed that they can’t find the courage 2 come out.

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 1:47pm
  13. The fact that another minority would attack another minority puzzles me. These five been need to be tried in a court of law and let justice be served. Joshua needs to understand that he was not attacked because he was gay. He was attacked out of sheer ignorance and disrespect. As for the name calling that other fellow posters have done, well shame on you. The act of ignorance does not in turn equal another act of ignorance. It’s not “turning the other cheek”, it’s being dignified and showing others that Violence does not equal violence and hate does not equal hate.

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 1:51pm
  14. Thats what they get! KARMA KARMA KARMA!

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 2:37pm
  15. they will get theirs in prison when some bigger thug beats them into being his bitch.

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 3:36pm
  16. Disgusting,ruthless,shitful individuals there is NO EXCUSE for this behavior may god have mercy on their souls..

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 3:36pm
  17. I stand here today as one who hears all the people talk about the bible but I have only seen one person in my life as a gay stand true to what the bibles says. God does not want hate. He does not want death. He does not want people to turn on one another in any crime. So we as gays get knocked down stepped on and pushed to the side. Well I say we are pack a bag and go to south carolina and fight for Joshua and all the other gays that have to walk the streets there too they have right as people we have rights as gays to stand up next to one another and fight back.

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 3:36pm
  18. hang them by their ball for a slow punishment.

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 3:50pm
  19. “The five men could face additional charges, as the FBI has been investigating the assault as a possible hate crime.”

    Possible hate crime?

    “Joshua Esskew, 19, said he was walking into the store when a man shouted a gay slur at him. When Esskew walked away, that man hit him with a beer bottle in the back of the head.”

    So they shout a homophobic slur at him and attack him soon after doing so?

    That sounds an awful lot like a hate crime to me.

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 5:47pm
  20. omg…poor kid

    Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 9:12pm
  21. I’m wondering about those people who ‘like’ this post. This makes me sick.

    Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 5:38am
  22. Let the bastards get what they deserve.

    Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 11:12am
  23. Awh. That poor kid. <3 fucking assholes.

    Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 11:15am
  24. i know people like this….its how they’re raised and who they’re around and then their parents or gaurdians wonder how they can commit a crime like this or worse….well look who’s teaching them to hate

    Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 11:25am
  25. Hope they get their just desserts

    Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 11:27am
  26. We must not be too harsh on these five. I think a lenient sentence of 75 yrs without parole is about right.

    Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 11:38am
  27. thnx charles & brett

    Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 1:48pm
  28. they’re all gonna be someone elses *bitch* in prison good look u guys are fucked (no pun intended)

    Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 3:02am
  29. they are gonna get fucked so hard in prison lol seriously

    Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 3:03am
  30. R E S P E C T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 12:09pm