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Police seek public’s help in identifying attackers in anti-gay hate crime (Video)

A group of about a dozen young adults are alleged to have attacked a gay couple in Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2014. LGBTQ Nation

BREAKING UPDATE:

Internet sleuths appear to have identified many of the suspects wanted in connection with a brutal attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia last week, and the attackers are making arrangements to surrender to police. Details here


PHILADELPHIA — Police in Philadelphia hope a security video will help them identify a group of young adults sought in a violent attack on a gay couple.

Police say the group asked about the pair’s sexual orientation, and then beat and punched them while holding them down.

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The suspected hate crime Thursday left one man with deep facial lacerations and a wired jaw. Both victims are in their late 20s.

The video, released Tuesday by the Philadelphia Police Department, shows about a dozen young people strolling downtown. Police describe them as clean-cut, well-dressed and in their early 20s. The suspects include young men wearing golf shirts, khaki shorts and, in one case, an orange sweater vest.

Police say one person also took a bag one of the victims dropped.

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