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NYPD investigating brutal beating of gay journalist as possible bias attack

Sunday, January 26, 2014

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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20 more reader comments:

  1. why can’t people be more compassionate? it seems to be the next big thing this planet needs to focus on.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:37pm
  2. what the fuck is a bias attack? It’s a hate crime.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:41pm
  3. Its a Hate Crime not a Bias attack…

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:46pm
  4. ^Thank you

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:13pm
  5. I’m am extremely biased toward you to the point that I will violently assault you yeah bias attack works much better then hate crime

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:50pm
  6. You know what, violence begets violence let’s fight back

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:02pm
  7. Prosecute to the furthest extend of the law. Hate crime needs serious results to the perpetrators.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:11pm
  8. Anyone who would do this to somebody doesn’t deserve to be classified as human.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:27pm
  9. Find whoever did this and string them up.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:40pm
  10. Hate crime!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:55pm
  11. Can you spell HATE????? Not Bias…

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:36pm
  12. WTF is a bias attack?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:52pm
  13. So disgusting and sad.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:59pm
  14. if he wasn’t a journalist would they have even filed a report?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:28pm
  15. :’(

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:51pm
  16. Hate is so vile. This is horrible.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:54pm
  17. WELCOME TO NYC: WELCOME TO AMERICA…

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:13pm
  18. There is a Candlelight Vigil For Journalist Randy Gener Set for tonight (Sunday) in NYC. I can’t help but wish that the animals that did this should get the same treatment.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:16pm
  19. :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:20pm
  20. Is bias attack a neutral term now for hate crime??? WTH…

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:56pm