U.C. Davis students were stunned after campus police say men driving a jeep beat a man on a popular trail after shouting anti-gay insults at him while he was walking with a relative.
A father and son were walking on the trail when the jeep drove up and began shouting insults at the men. They eventually got out of the jeep and beat up one of the men, sending him to the hospital.
The suspects are believed to be in their late teens or early 20s and driving a maroon jeep. Police don’t believe the suspects are U.C. Davis students.
Students on campus said they were stunned, not only because of this attack, but because it’s the second anti-gay attack in Davis this year.
In March, Mike Partida was beaten to a pulp after his accused attacker used homophobic slurs.
Sheri Atkinson leads the LGBT Resource Center at UC Davis, and says the news is aggravating because the gay community is making positive strides each day.
“This is also a reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done, and still a lot of attitudes that need to be changed and folks to be educated in creating an inclusive community,” she said.