A metro realtor said he was beat unconscious by two suspects that were yelling gay slurs at him.
Oklahoma City police were called to Fountain Lake Apartments around 2 a.m. Saturday in north Oklahoma City.
Amery Dickerson, 23, and Bennett Stone, 24, were taken into custody following the incident.
Relator Christian Council said he was heading home for the night with a friend when he encountered a vehicle that was blocking others from getting through at the apartment complex.
Council said he honked, and the vehicle moved out of the way. That’s when two suspects approached him from the vehicle, leading to an altercation.
“I’ve been better, it’s been a rough couple of days,” said Council. “The pain, I thought would get better as the days went on, is actually getting worse.”
Council said he was first approached by Dickerson.
“The first one to come attack me was a woman actually and when I tried to defend myself, a second attacker came and joined in,” said Council. “They both beat me.”
Police said both suspects were “intoxicated and verbally agitated.”
Council suffered a rib contusion and concussion.
“With every punch he threw, he was screaming gay slurs at me,” said Council. “I just felt like he was beating me with the rage inside of him of every gay man he’s ever had to look at or was frustrated at. I felt like he was taking every single bit of that out on me.”
Council continues to recover. Reflecting on what happened, he believes, the motivation is clear.
“It definitely feels and felt like a hate crime,” said. Council. “If that wasn’t your motivation behind it, why scream the gay slurs at me while you’re beating me, why say the things that you said if that wasn’t your motivation or at least part of your motivation for what you were doing.”
Council said he’ll be taking some time to recover before heading back to work.
A GoFundMe page has been established to help cover medical bills and attorney fees associated with the attack.