‘I thought we were being murdered’3 hospitalized for hate crime in Pasadena

Three people were hospitalized following a weekly dragshow at ix Tapa Cantina, Old Town Pasadena.

Diamond Gonzalez, the event’s organizer, stated that they were attacked because of their membership in the LGBTQ community.

“I thought I was going to die in that moment … I can’t even explain how ugly and vicious and dark this moment was,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez, his boyfriend, and several of his friends were leaving the bar around 2 a.m. on Friday morning when they were approached by eight to ten men in masks.

“As I was talking to one of my friends to say goodbye, the attackers came from behind and just hit me from behind when I wasn’t looking and knocked me out,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez awoke to find a friend still unresponsive on the ground. His nephew tried to flee in a nearby car while the attackers surrounded him.

“My nephew was in the car and he was scared because they were trying to get him out the car, so he put the car in reverse and he accidentally, without knowing, ran over my friend,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said that while they attempted to fight back and shout for help, one attacker pulled a gun on them. But no shots were fired.

“I thought we were being murdered, to be honest with you,”He stated.

Although nothing was stolen, Gonzalez and two other victims were admitted to hospital with injuries that ranged from stitches and bruises to a concussion.

The Pasadena Police Department has confirmed to KTLA that it is investigating the attack as a hate-crime. “recognizes the importance of protecting the safety and dignity of all of our community members and we stand in solidarity with those affected by the heinous attacks perpetrated last week.”

“We are committed to ensuring the public’s safety and will be providing resources and referrals to services for those who were affected by this crime,”The department was also added.

Gonzalez wants police to arrest the attackers who attacked Gonzalez for his efforts to help. “be a voice for the LGBT community.”

“We need to come forward and we need to have justice for situations like this. It’s not OK. It’s 2022. People need to move on and get over it. Gay people exists and it’s normal. And I don’t want people to feel scared,”He stated.

Information is welcome from anyone. Call Pasadena Police Department at 626 444-4501.

Crime Stoppers can be reached at 800-222-8477, or you can visit www.crimestoppers.org to report anonymously. lacrimestoppers.org.

Visit this page to help the victims of the attack. Gonzalez’s GoFundMe.

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