Two gay nursing
students from Washington State were attacked on Saturday night
during their spring-break trip to the Oregon coast.
The men, both
in Seattle that they left a campfire to walk along the beach in
Seaside, about 80 miles northwest of Portland, where they were
beaten unconscious by three or four young men dressed in
The victims, who gave
their first names as Samson and Kevin, say they believe they
were targeted because of their sexual orientation.
"All of a sudden
someone asked if we were gay, called us 'fags,' then
started punching us," said Samson.
The victims were left
with head and facial trauma so serious that Kevin plans to see
a plastic surgeon for injuries to his right eye. Samson, who
does not have medical insurance, estimated that his medical
bills will exceed $1,500.
Police are still
seeking the attackers, as well as anyone who was at the beach
campfire before the attack.