Gay man hospitalized after brutal attack in NYC

Tue. October 13, 2009 12:00 AM by

New York City - An openly gay man is clinging to life in a medically-induced coma after two men brutally attacked him for being gay in Queens, the New York Daily News reported.

Jack Price was attacked coming out of a corner deli by two men Friday around 3 a.m. in the middle-class neighborhood of College Point in Queens, New York. Police allege the two men taunted price and yelled anti-gay slurs.

Price, 49, told family members that the two men followed him to the store and called him a "faggot," before losing consciousness. He is currently in the intensive care unit at Booth Memorial Hospital.

"Look what they did to him because he is gay," Price's sister-in-law told the paper. "It is in God's hands right now. There is nothing more they can do for him."

Police arrested twenty-six-year-old Daniel Aleman on Sunday. Aleman has been charged with assault and aggravated assault as a hate crime. A second suspect is being sought.

During the summer, police investigated two separate incidents of transgender women being attacked in Queens.

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