Gay Illinois State University student claims he was beaten up in hate crime

Sun. April 22, 2012 11:35 PM by News Staff

Normal, Ill. - A gay student at Illinois State University said he was attacked this weekend by a group of African-Americans who used gay slurs.

Eric Unger, 23, said he was leaving a party in Normal, Ill., early Saturday morning when the group approached.

He said they knocked him to the ground and beat him until teeth fell out. He called police and was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

"I don't know why people like that go out to do that to people, to single someone out and attack them for no reason," Unger told the Sun-Times.

The Normal Police Department told the Sun-Times that Unger did not report the gay slurs to them, however, and they were not currently approaching it as a hate crime.

"There's no evidence one way or another, and you hate to speculate," Sgt. Adam Kapchinske said.

The Sun-Times said fighting is common around the campus at night and on weekends.