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Hundreds march in support of Austin men attacked in alleged hate crime

Trailing a banner that read “Austin March Against Hate,” hundreds of people walked from a downtown gay bar to City Hall on Saturday to retrace the path of two gay men who were attacked last weekend.

(Photo: Austin American-Statesman)

Emmanuel Winston and Matthew Morgan said they were walking to a City Hall parking garage from Oilcan Harry’s on Feb. 20 when four men followed and assaulted them.

Winston and Morgan said they were wearing jerseys from the “Shady Ladies,” a gay softball league, and that the attackers used slurs about their sexual orientation.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Police Chief Art Acevedo attended the rally Saturday and said police were still investigating the attack and that it will be up to prosecutors to decide whether there is enough evidence to charge the suspects with a hate crime.

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