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Queens Residents Rally for Anti-Hate March

Rally in QueensQUEENS, N.Y. — Scores of people marched on College Point, Queens in a rally against hate, after a gay man was brutally beaten last week, reports WPIX-TV.

Preaching tolerance, protestors marched down College Point Boulevard from 20th Avenue to 14th Avenue Saturday. A diverse coalition of Queens residents, activists and community organizations carried signs and wore T-shirts saying, “Stop the Hate.” The rally aimed to protest homophobia and celebrate diversity.

The outcry comes after 49-year-old Jack Price was viciously beaten earlier this month. Price was on his way home when two suspects — identified as Daniel Rodriguez 21, and Daniel Aleman, 26 — attacked him outside of a convenience store. Police say the suspects started yelling anti-gay slurs; surveillance video caught them relentlessly punching, kicking and stomping on him. Price is currently recovering from a shattered jaw, broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Both men have been charged with felony assault as a hate crime.

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