Following homophobic hammer attack, gay man commits suicide

Mitchell Pope

Mitchell Pope

The family of a man who endured a brutal assault wants his attacker to be charged with murder following his suicide.

33-year-old Mitchell Pope, who suffered severe head injuries, committed suicide 18 months after the attack.

On October 13, 2014, Pope was savaged by a man who called him a “f*cking f*ggot” in the lobby of his Brooklyn apartment.

The man repeatedly hit him with a hammer, leaving him with a severely fractured skull.

According to his mother, Pope was never the same.

Speaking to The New York Post, Agnes Watson said, “All of a sudden he really, really started acting different. He was becoming delusional and paranoid.”

She claims her son developed an odd obsession with demons and was certain he possessed “godlike” powers and was “invincible.”

Ms. Watson is convinced this bizarre behavior led to his suicide.

Mitchell Pope jumped out of the third-story window of his apartment last January.

Drugs have been ruled out, although the medical examiner thinks his brain injury quite possibly influenced his actions.

A man was arrested following the attack but was released after providing an airtight alibi.

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Authorities released an image culled from surveillance footage of the attacker fleeing the scene.

“Whoever did this to my son back in October should be held responsible,” Ms. Watson said. “He absolutely contributed to my son’s death.”

The victim’s family wants murder charges to be filed, but authorities have yet to take action.

 

h/t: Pink News

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