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NYC Gay Man Attacked for Second Time in Five Years

Marquis Devereaux
Marquis Devereaux

Marquis Devereaux was knifed by one man while another taunted him with antigay slurs, in an attack similar to one he suffered five years ago.

A gay New York City man was wounded in a knife attack early Sunday by assailants using antigay slurs toward him -- the second such attack he's suffered in five years.

Marquis Devereaux, a 39-year-old event planner, was walking home from work when he was attacked about 3:30 a.m. Sunday near his apartment complex in the Bronx, the New York Daily News reports.

When he sat down to rest for a moment, he heard one man say, "We're not going to do any of that boyfriend stuff around here." He got up and moved on, then was set upon by two other men. One knifed Devereaux in the armpit, while the other called him "homo," "faggot," and "bumbaclot." The latter word is "a Jamaican term for a rag used as toilet paper," according to the Daily News.

The attackers fled, and Devereaux called police. He was treated for the knife wound, which required nine stitches, at Westchester Square Hospital.

In 2011, Devereaux was beaten and stabbed in the leg by a father and son who were mocking him for being gay. The father, Dario Reid of Queens, was sentenced to three years in prison for the attack.

"This has happened to me twice and the only thing I'm guilty of is being gay a week after Pride," Devereaux told the Daily News Tuesday. "What is it that I'm doing it wrong?"

Security around his complex has increased since the attack, he noted.

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