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Victim in Thanksgiving Day beating says attacker ‘intended to kill me’

Friday, November 30, 2012

MOBILE, Ala. — Mallory Owens, the 23-year-old Alabama woman who claims that she was brutally beaten by her girlfriend’s brother on Thanksgiving Day, has released a statement as said she believes her attacker intended to kill her.

Ownes was allegedly attacked on Nov. 22 by Travis Hawkins Jr., the brother of her girlfriend, Ally Hawkins.

Travis Hawkins, Jr., 18, was booked into Mobile, Ala., jail on Sunday and charged with second degree assault, and was released a short time later.

Mallory Owens, shortly after the Thanksgiving Day attack.
Image: WKRG-TV

Owens’ family members have called the assault an anti-gay hate crime, but Mallory confused observers earlier this week when it was revealed she was recovering at the Hawkins’ home, and told WALA-TV that her sexual orientation was not the reason for the attack.

In this new statement, released Friday by GLAAD, Owens said that she was taken to the Hawkins home by Ally Hawkins, that the interview was not requested and that she was unaware the Hawkins family had arranged for media to be present.

Official Statement from Mallory Owens and Family

I am represented by attorney Christine Hernandez. I am supported by my family, friends, several organizations including Equality Alabama and GLAAD as well as numerous other indviduals who have offered a multitude of support to myself and my family including all of those that have donated to help me with my medical expenses. For all of you that have supported me, I am very grateful.

The last week has been the most traumatic several days I have ever experienced, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Not just for me, but for my family as well. Fortunately, we are a strong family, and we are sticking together as a family. On Thanksgiving Day, I visited the Hawkins’ home, the family home of my girlfriend Ally Hawkins. As I was leaving, I was brutally attacked by Travis Hawkins Jr., Ally’s brother. I believe that he intended to kill me. I was defenseless against him. This was not the first time Travis Hawkins Jr. attacked me and sent me to the hospital.

Travis Hawkins Jr. has been charged with Assault Second Degree by the District Attorney’s office. Although, I appreciate all the efforts of the hospital and EMS staff, police, all the investigators, and District Attorney Ashley Rich, neither I nor my family agree that Assault Second Degree is the right charge. We are very hopeful and optimistic that as Ms. Rich, her offce and the police continue to investigate this crime, that the charges will be upgraded to attempted Murder. I was unconscious when the beating ended. I do not know what stopped him. I do know he has threatened to kill me before, he has attacked me with a metal pipe before, and on Thanksgiving Day he launched an unprovoked attack on me that left me unconscious, hospitalized, suffering horrific head trauma, severe injuries and in need of surgery and additional treatment. Since the attack, Travis Hawkins Jr. has been seen following my family and appearing at locations where they have gathered. He has threatened to finish me off. I believe as long as he is free on bond that my life continues to be in danger. Even beyond the physical harm, I am quite traumatized. I am afraid and I feel that I have been victimized repeatedly by the Hawkins family.

The interview at the Hawkins home was not requested by me, nor was I aware that the media would be at the Hawkins home. I was brought back to the home by Ally Hawkins. I wanted to be in my own apartment. Mr. Hawkins Sr. insisted we give the interview and statements were made. I believe Mr. Hawkins Sr. is very manipulative, I believe he organized the family and orchestrated the media represenation to portray himself in a better light. I do not feel safe there. I was very uneasy and nervous while I was there. I was still very disoriented, weak, and intimidated. Mr. Hawkins Sr. has also threatened me with harm based on my relationship with his daughter. Travis Hawkins Sr. threatened me with a metal pipe while I was waiting in the car on a prior occassion. Travis Hawkins Jr. used a metal pipe to assault me on a prior occassion. He and his son pose a very real threat. I will not go back there.

It will be a very long time before I feel safe again. This sort of attack whether it is proven to be a hate crime or a crime derived from one man’s hate of another human being should not happen to anyone in this country. No one should have to endure an attack the way that I did. Neither should a mother have to see her daughter in the state that my mom had to see me.

During this investigation, many statements were made to the media, some were premature and misguided. All of us involved have been at the center of a huge media storm. At this time, we want to let the investigation continue and we need to heal. Ally Hawkins has continued to release statements and make arbitrary Facebook posts and she has even offered a motive for her brother’s actions. Please know that Ally Hawkins is NOT SPEAKING for me, she is NOT representing me in the media in any way. Her statements and public posts on facebook or any other form of social media are NOT representative of my opinions, beliefs or words.

I am fortunate that my family’s love for me is unconditional. I fell in love with a girl. My family loves, accepts and supports me. They have shown nothing but love and acceptance throughout my attack, my time in the hospital, and the investigation of this brutal attack, they have been there for me, loving me and supporting me. I want to thank and publicly show my appreciation for my mom, my brother and sister, my Uncle Ricky, Linda, my grandma. Besides the countless individuals who have offered their support financially and in words of kindness, I also want to thank organizations like Equality Alabama and GLAAD for offering their direct support to me and my family, as well as working to create a culture in Alabama where people aren’t attacked for being who they are and loving who they love. Thank you to all those who have prayed, supported and advocated for myself and my family. For those of you who pray, we ask you to continue to pray for us as we heal.

Owens suffered multiple skull fractures and crushed bones during the beating, has had to have metal plates put in her cheeks, and is consulting with a plastic surgeon about her injuries.

James Byrd, attorney for Travis Hawkins Jr., said his client is now in hiding, after death threats left him fearing for his life.

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13 more reader comments:

  1. Doesnt the family get it your son nearly murdered an innocent young woman and they are trying to cover it up. My heart and prayers go out to her.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:18am
  2. For real. The son needs to be in prison, and his dad needs to have some charges brought against him for attempting to manipulate a victim. That can’t be right (though it probably is).

    What a strange world we live in where a gay basher is getting death threats. Who’d a thunk it 10 years ago?

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:24am
  3. Prayers go out to her and her family

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:25am
  4. Racism isn’t accepted anymore, so lets move on to something that is…like homophobia.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:27am
  5. #1 reason to be with friends in a safe place and EAT OUT for thanksgiving. Best wishes and health and a speedy recovery my love.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:30am
  6. Mallory, if you need a break were you can be surrounded by people who care about you sight unseen, inbox me.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:31am
  7. She didn’t deserve this!!! Prayers for a speedy recovery…

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:32am
  8. This is disgusting, what is wrong with people.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:40am
  9. I had a feeling the family was either manipulating or bribing, low & behold the truth comes out. Hoping for a speedy recovery & justice to her.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:53am
  10. Mallory, toda la fuerza y nuestros mejores deseos desde Barcelona.:-)

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 11:46am
  11. Ok, ive seen enough. Charge him with attempted murder, and if he is crazy. Thats what lawyers & expert witnesses are for, but start the process and send it to the grand jury already.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:37pm
  12. Sorry, here is the link to the news interview she gave saying it was not motivated by her sexuality. She is changing her story, and I really want people to step back, and see all the facts before there is a judgment made.

    http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/local_news/mobile_county/victim-denies-beating-happened-because-she-was-gay

    I survived a hate crime/gay bashing in 1993, when my brother and 10 of his friends jumped me at my mother’s house. My jaw, ribs and zygomatic arch were broken and I had to go through surgery with zero support. My sympathies for the pain and suffering she is encountering are present, but I truly think there should be caution in jumping on the wagon.

    We have recently seen “Hate Crime” stories posted and re-posted, only to find out the crimes were faked. Instead of calling those people out for setting us back, we keep repeating the same mistake and in the end, it makes the LGBTQ community look silly.

    It also proves the anti-gay folks correct in the eyes of the public.

    She is changing her story, and that should be concerning to every person fighting to get hate crime laws passed.

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:29pm
  13. she shouldnt have been beaten for any reason but she needs to get her facts str8

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 3:01pm