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NYPD investigating brutal beating of gay journalist as possible bias attack

Sunday, January 26, 2014
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NEW YORK — New York City police are investigating the beating of an openly gay journalist last week as a possible bias attack.

Randy Gener

Randy Gener

An NYPD spokesman says the hate crimes task force is investigating the beating of Randy Gener, an award-winning arts journalist who has worked for several national media outlets including the New York Times, the New York Daily News and other major publications.

Police say Gener, 45, was on his way home from a party in midtown Manhattan in the early hours of Jan. 17 when he was attacked, brutally beaten and left for dead in a pool of his own blood. The attack occurred just one block away from his apartment.

WABC-TV reports that Gener has undergone brain surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital since the attack, and that he’s listed in serious but stable condition.

“He can’t answer the questions of what happened that night, he doesn’t really exactly know who we are or where he’s at sometimes,” said Gener’s sister, Jessica Blair Driessler. “It’s really painful to see him here the way that he is because he’s the most articulate person.”

His family and friends are holding a vigil Sunday evening and are asking the public to help find his attacker.

Gener’s family has set up a crowdfunding page to assist with his medical expenses.

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