“I thought we were being murdered, to be honest with you,” one of the victims said.
The teen had allegedly been calling the victim homophobic slurs leading up to the attack.
Four men are suspected of brutally assaulting a gay couple during Miami Pride weekend in 2018.
“This important bill will close a glaring loophole in state law that allows defendants to avoid hate crime charges even though their actions were motivated by prejudice.”
Daniel Andrew McGee of Oregon, who faces federal hate-crime charges, told police he'd had nightmares directing him to kill a gay man he met on Grindr.
Luis Carlos Herrera Quiroz was punched and kicked in the assault last weekend in South Beach.
Antonio Zephir says the neighbors have harassed him previously, and he is seeking a restraining order.